Happy Friday everyone! We made it to the first weekend of 2013! I could definitely get used to these three day work weeks. Next week’s five day week is going to be a struggle. How soon is the next holiday? (Checking my calendar it looks like we get MLK day off, sweet!).
Yesterday I started my day with a quick 30 minute treadmill workout at the gym. Having done hill work the day before, I decided to do some quasi-speed work in preparation for Cherry Blossom training. I didn’t have a set workout in mind, just tried to keep a steady pace and through some pickups in to increase the intensity.
I definitely worked up a good sweat during this run. Adding the pickups really made the work out go by quickly (or maybe it just that 30 minutes < the 40 minutes I have been doing on the ‘mill). While I woke up with some residual soreness from Tuesday’s TRX and Wednesday’s hill workouts, I felt strong throughout this run. I’ve enjoyed my plan-less running since the marathon, but the last three runs have shown me that I’m ready to get back into training mode. I’m planning a long(ish) run of 4 to 5 miles this weekend, with some yoga and maybe spin(!) thrown in for good measure. It feels awesome to be excited about training (because running is different from training) again. After the marathon, there were a few weeks when I doubted I would be this excited to tackle a training plan. Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
While the morning started off on a great note thanks to a strong workout, the rest of the day took a turn for the not so hot. When you work for a small company like I do (and we are very, very small), everyone is forced to work closely together and that can amplify personality conflicts that may otherwise go unnoticed in a larger firm. Without going into the details, there were two instances/comments yesterday that left me incredibly irritated and frustrated. All of my good humor was gone and I wanted nothing more than to crawl under a rock and wait for the world to go away. At this point, I had two choices: give in to the negativity or shake it off. I chose option 2. After wrapping up a few tasks at work and at home, I declared the rest of the day tech/Internet-free and settled in for a relaxing night at home. Immediately, I felt the weight lift off my shoulders (even though the source of my sour mood was not tech/Internet related).
This is my new mantra for times like these. Hopefully it will help me deal with ridiculous situations like today in the future.
Now it’s your turn! How do you shake off work stress or other irritations? Have any fun plans for the weekend? Tell me about it!