A Beautiful Day for a Run

I ate 300 extra calories yesterday and slept for almost 12 hours, so I expected to have the Best Run Ever™ this morning.

Shows you what I know.

The internal experience of my run was like this:

“Really? Only one minute and 40 seconds? Three minutes feels like FOREVER.”

“My stupid left headphone is busted. Damn it! I just got these headphones.”

“I’m so slow. I thought heavy lifting was supposed to make my running better.”

“My pants are falling down. I think my running clothes are too big. But I don’t know. I mean, I looked so much better in this outfit a year ago.”

“Shit! This water fountain isn’t working either. I am SO thirsty.”

“It’s so nice out. I should be enjoying this. Why am I not enjoying this?”

“My new shoes feel pretty good… my feet are cold, though.”

“Her ponytail is pretty. I wish my hair was thicker.”

“My head is full of snot. I hate cedar season. We should have stayed in California.”

“I’m so slow. F*ck it. I’m walking.”

“Oh. My. God. Am I crying? What the hell is happening?!”

“Didn’t I used to be tougher than this? Is it ’cause of the cold? Maybe it’s my stupid thyroid. I HOPE it’s my thyroid. Otherwise, I just suck.”

“Something’s gone horribly wrong.”

Then Dave appeared and we walked to the car.

“Hey! I just got a new agenda for the day,” he said, looking at his iPhone. “Says here that you’re going to eat breakfast at Habanero then you’re watching movies on the couch or in bed for the rest of the day. That’s what it says here, so… that’s what’s happening.”

And that’s what’s happening.

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  • jencereghino says:

    Gotta love those iPhones!

  • Marc Majcher says:

    I totally need whatever iPhone app that was.

  • Catherine Hart Rebholz says:

    Mel, I swear there is something in the air. Workouts/runs/good attitudes/etc. seem so much harder these days for so many people I know…including myself. It's like a big WTF???

    You still kick-ass in every way and your honesty is so appreciated and repected.

    Thanks for being you so I don't feel alone in this craziness!

    Love to you!

  • Melissa says:

    I really feel for you because I've had that happen to me during a workout many times. As hard as it is to read about it happening to someone else, it's also comforting to know that I'm not the only one who struggles with the inner monologue and the Dread and doubt.

    Sounds like Dave had the perfect solution for your woes. Hope you are feeling much better now!

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    So far, I've watched an old episode of Saturday Night Live with Dane Cook, then Bedknobs and Broomsticks, followed by Adventureland.

    In between, Dave got me chicken and veggies in red curry, and Smudge snuggled with me.

    Feeling marginally better 🙂

  • Barbara says:

    You are so lucky because that man there loves you so! 🙂

  • Tamara says:

    Hey, Mel. I never posted on here, but have been following your blog for awhile.

    Firstly, you truly rock! I too am on a weightloss/fitness journey(thanks to good nutrition and crossfit, down 70lbs). Secondly, thanks for being honest enough to write about your struggles and make me feel normal for my internal battles with Dread, Doubt, Commitment, etc. We all have workouts like that!

    Glad to read you're feeling better today and nice to formally "meet" you. – Tamara.

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    Hey, Tamara! Congratulations on your 70-lb. loss. You must feel great!

    Thank you so much for posting… and for your kind words. I'm definitely having an "off" couple of weeks over here – but I've also had plenty of great weeks in the last year, so I'm trying to just roll with it.

    Keep us posted on how you're doing!