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.