Tuesday, 9 November 2010

The Science of a Really Bad Day

Yesterday was a REALLY bad day.

Imagine your iPhone breaking.

Imagine an unpleasant standoff with a teacher at your children's school.

Imagine a screaming meltdown from your four year old in the middle of a shopping centre.

Imagine the dog vomiting on your kitchen floor.

Imagine a bird taking a crap on your white sheets as they hang on the line.

Imagine your computer getting hacked by some virus, and then not being able to fix it.

Imagine a swarm of bees under the eaves of your house.

Imagine your son crying because his face hurts from the fall he had last week.

Luckily, my lovely husband came home about thirty seconds before I had a nervous breakdown.

And sent me out of the house, to run.

It goes against the grain, for me, to simply leave the chaos of my world. Despite knowing he meant it, and despite knowing I could, I found it really really hard to just walk out of the door and leave him to it.

I dithered on the doorstep, thinking "I can't just up and go for a run. There is so much breaking down around me, I surely must stay & deal with it all? Try and fix stuff?"

I could hear my lovely husband quietly chatting to my my son.

"Mate, lets let Mummy go for a run? Stop your crying mate. Let her go. She loves her run. It's important to her. Smile and wave goodbye? Let her go, happy?"

(See? THAT is why is he LOVELY. How he can be so calm when I am such a stressy Mumma, I shall never know.)

So I swallowed all the stress and all of the immense frustrations from my day. I took a deep breath and walked out the door.

I ran.

I ran 10km.

I ran bits of it slowly.

I walked other bits.

I also ran parts of my run really fast.

I cried a bit too.

I stopped at one point and just howled.

And then ran again.

And felt my spirits lifting.

I felt the frustrations dissipate.

The stress were still there, but dissolved a little, somehow?

I sweated, a lot, in a warm Adelaide evening.

But I ran, regardless.

Earlier, I had literally felt in pain in my chest from the stress and frustration of a really shit day.

Running attenuated all that.

My iPhone is still broken, and my computer is still showing signs of being hijacked, despite lovely husbands amazing efforts.

But, because I ran,  I can cope better now.

The science of a really bad day? Run.



  1. Claire MarieNovember 10, 2010

    Your husband is truly awesome. You're so lucky to have such a great partner helping you through life!! Also, that you've made running such a great escape for yourself is a huge inspiration. Keep up the good work, you rock!

  2. Oh Claire, thank you. I do feel lucky. I just forgot that yesterday. Running makes me remember. xx

  3. I still don't know how you do it...run that is.
    You're a lucky lady to have that man of yours. xx

  4. <3 i need my outside time

  5. Your husband is just lovely, and by the way he spoke to your boy, gentle and loving too.
    I'm glad you went for a run, sometimes I think I sweat out my problems. I hope today is a better day for you xxx

  6. OOOO, YES! It's perfect! Have a bad day? Run.

  7. Sorry you had such a shit day. I know how they feel and you wonder if you've taken out a Chinese suburb without realising.

    A sounds like such a wonderful husband. Your Yin to your Yang.

    Hope today is better and as for the hackers, fuck off and get a life. Seriously, how much fun can it be to organise a program to send mass Viagra emails? Seriously? Go get a girlfriend dude. xxx

  8. Motorbikes_LadyNovember 10, 2010

    It's wonderful when we have guys like that, that care what our day has been like & try to make our shit days better ones

    (((( Hugs ))))

  9. I have tears in my eyes reading this, but I'm so glad you ran yesterday. Sending you lots of love this week. xox

  10. Now that's a hell of a testimonial for the power of exercise. Thanks Lucy. With that I am off to join the gym I've been half-heartedly thinking about ...

  11. bronnie@dizzydaisy.comNovember 10, 2010

    Lovely husband to let you do that. I try to exercise also, though running doesn't do it for me ... too hard on my joints. I usually do zumba or a light workout, or walking or yoga. I also breathe ... and think mindfully. And sometimes I pray/ask the Universe for help. Sometimes she delivers, sometimes not.

  12. I really need to start running. Would be way more productive than cutting in the loo. Xx

  13. What a gorgeous husband. I'm not so great with running, but a cup of tea is my usual go-to for general ick.

  14. keepcatebusy (Cate)November 10, 2010

    I'm so with you! As soon as I finish this I'm off for a 5k'er. Not because I had a sh*tty day, just 'cos I love it and it makes me feel great (although I'd definitely need it after one of those days!!) Hope you feel better for it! xxx

  15. Anj (@anjwrites)November 11, 2010

    I got nothin'. But that siad, you make a really great argument for running it all out! I guess that since I'm not suc a great runner, I'd have to say that I have used walking a fair bit - feeling the air on your face, smelling fragrant jasmine, listening to birds or insects (or noisy city streets) - all of those help me to concentrate outside of myself and appreciate "life" going on around me.

  16. I only just caught up on this post. Oh my sweet darling girl. Hugs and I'm so proud of you for running through your pain xxxx

  17. I'm sorry that you had such a bad day, but so glad that you have such a wonderful husband. Next time I feel like curling up with wine and chocolate I think I'll go for a run instead. Thank you for the inspiration.


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