Monday, July 13, 2009

Male PMS

Does this exist? I'd bet that there are a lot of females who are going to be reading this that will reply with a resounding "YES!" I may be willing to join them....

You see, I've been in a sort of a funk lately. A bit of male PMS. The stress of everything is starting to overwhelm my normally Mr Rogers-esk personality. (Just the other day I threw my toy trolly across the room in a steroid induced rage) "Everything" that is bothering me I think can be classified as most things house related, work related, and maybe even a few things running related.

During my 10 mile long run on Sunday, I did a lot of thinking and I think that most of the issues
are because I have no time to just "chill".*** You see, I'm mostly a homebody. While, I love a E filled, glowstick waving rave as the next guy, generally speaking I like to just hang out on the weekends. During the week, while I am traveling, I have no problem with being all places at all hours. But, the weekends are mine to just hang out. In fact, in chapter 1 of "The Care and Feeding of Adam" it prescribes 3 hours of solid TV watching couch time per weekend. I'm sort of like a 2 year old that way - if you don't let me rest for a while I get a bit out of sorts. A bit of male PMS if you will - Pre-Moving Syndrome.

The main thing that has been prohibiting my couch time is this house. We're replacing the kitchen and painting all of the walls. Thank GOD we're not doing it ourselves, but each decision still requires intense thought and consideration. If it isn't the 800 different types of counters, it is the 40 types of sinks.

But, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel - so all will be right with the world soon. I'm thinking that I'll be in the house within 2 weeks and most of the other 'stuff' can wait. That'll give me plenty of time to turn my mind to mush with the likes of Big Brother 47.

***Of course, as my wife and I get closer and closer to having kids, I realize that this chill time is going to be increasingly few and far between.

That said, I have been able to get a few good runs in. I had my first good MP run in a while with 7 miles at 7:32 pace. In fact, it was just a bit faster than MP - which I liked. I didn't go on the group run like I said that I was going to. I wanted to get out there, but I couldn't have done that and get to my house to meet an appointment with a painter. Blah.

My "long" run this weekend, which was a stepback week, was a pretty easy 10 miles. I cranked them out in 1:21:58 which is a 8:11 pace. I would have liked to be around 8:15 or even 8:20, but I suppose after taking off Friday, my speed day, I had all sorts of pent up energy.


Kelly said...

I totally get your "chill time". I need at least 1 hour of TV time per DAY or I freak out. (And no, watching our station at work does NOT count, unfortunately).

Pat said...

hang in there. the house thing will soon be history.

I know how tiring it can be. I usually have 2-5 of them going on at the same time.

and the heat doesn't make it any easier.

Michelle said...

Yes men can get PMS but their own version of it. Not a monthly thing but it pops up at times. I get you bro. Your a busy guy and you need some down time. Totally normal. I hope the house stuff gets done quick so you can watch your cartoons again!!!! :O)

RazZDoodle said...

sack up and deal with it.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I"m going to go take a bubble bath.

Ulyana said...

Hmmm, it appears that in addition to the regular PMS I get thanks to being a gal, I also suffer from male PMS. Especially right now with a recent move. I'm all in the midst of settling into a new office and rearranging the entire house where I'll spend most of my time now so I can feel like I can actually have those chill moments I need so badly to feel sane. I couldn't say it better than Michelle, we all need some DOWNTIME.

Rural Runner E said...

I feel your pain, and I have my PMS moments as well. I get that way around December 10th and May 1st every year. As a high school principal, there is not downtime in my life...especially with a 4 and a 6 year old. Hang in there.

OhMyLaughter said...

Yeah. I mean guys are allowed to be moody. One thing I don't like about our culture is that guys are always expected to be "strong" and hold in their emotions. And I hear you on the importance of downtime....

Bahaha, are you a fan of BB? It's been a guilty pleasure of mine since high school (Which I think was Season 4). SO MINDLESS. Such a perfect Summer Television Show.