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Sweating out my emotions

I know I've shared a lot of running posts that are all "Happy, happy, happy!" (Yes, Duck Dynasty is a new obsession), but sometimes running isn't so great. Sometimes I run out of anger instead of joy.

Take for instance, my long run on Saturday. Normally, weekend long runs are a place of peace and calm for me. I enjoy having a good stretch of "me" time, with no pressure to get back home before heading off to work. Just the idea of getting out there with nothing but my Camelbak and my music puts me in a great mood.

Not this time. This time, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I was angry, frustrated and annoyed by certain circumstances in my life. I almost blew off my workout because I didn't want my poor mood to ruin one of my favorite activities.

But I went anyway. Quite simply, I ran because I was pissed off. I went faster and pushed harder because I needed to lash out in some way. While I had planned to run 8 miles, I quickly decided I needed 10.

My legs objected at first, but my mind - and my soul - needed those 2 extra miles. I felt like I would burst if I didn't sweat out all my emotions.

When I got home, I was a new woman. Don't get me wrong, I was still a little angry, but I at least felt like I had a handle on my feelings. Because I took out my frustration on the pavement, I could be a better person, a better wife and mother.

And though I was thoroughly exhausted for the rest of the day, I was able to enjoy the little things, and little people, in my life.


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