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The tragedy in Boston really did a number on me. I did not run the race nor was I anywhere near Boston when it happened, but I do think I over-did it on the news coverage (this is something I tend to do.) I also found out that same day that someone who used to be a good friend ended her life. Truthfully, even writing that makes me feel guilty because I don't really know the details, but that is what I heard. Then the Texas explosion happened, and all of that put together really made me stop!
I have not felt like blogging in the last week. I have used my time to take care of my son, my house and myself. I think seeing that they caught suspect #2 (I will never use his name btw) was good closure for the news for me. I stopped watching and letting it consume my world. That helped. I went for walks and talked with my son instead of just going about our normal routine of homework, him playing outside, dinner and bed. That was huge in making life better.
This weekend, I lived a normal life. I went to a baseball game Sat. and I hung out with someone I really enjoy on Sunday, and then I got to spend a great day at Busch Gardens with my son on Monday. I guess what I am saying is I lived my life. I think sometimes I forget to do that. I hate that it takes tragedies to open my eyes sometimes, but I am glad that I got the chance to refocus.
My refocus also consisted of getting back to running often. I have struggled with committing to a distance because since I run alone, I end up stopping. I have thought a lot about it. I am going to run where I used to run and not in the neighborhood. Then I know that I will get at least 3 miles in since that is my route. I feel good about that. I want to run at least 12-15 miles a week. I am not trying to be a marathon runner, I just want to be healthy and fit. So, there you have it... my refocus plan!
What are you doing to keep your mind off all of the bad in the world? I would love your ideas! Please feel free to comment and share! Thanks.
I've recently started a local running group for women! I've been known as the local 5K cheerleader and always try to get friends to do them with me. Once you do one race that's all it takes... you've got the bug and your addicted! :)ReplyDelete
The group meets up at local 5K races and then I try to schedule a once a month meet&greet and training run/walk/jog... and I always post to the group (FB group) when I'm doing a local trail in case others want to meet up :)
I'm a social butterfly and love interacting with others to stay motivated and accountable!
Thank you! Yes I agree! Racing is totally addictive! I try to run a race at least once a month!Delete
I don't have a coping mechanism, but I do know I was extra crabby this weekend once the dust settled. I sat at my son's baseball games (in the freezing cold) and focused on him. I took my crabbiness out on my husband (sorry babe...); I have a tendency to do that unfortunately. Mostly I watched the news and said over and over "WTH is wrong with people???"ReplyDelete
Aint that the truth! So hard to watch! I hope we see some justice for the poor souls who are suffering!Delete
I can relate - I've taken the week off and really needed time to refocus, too. I joined a local women's running group that has helped keep me accountable. I would suggest researching something in your area. Good luck!!ReplyDelete
Thank you Katy! I have actually found a group... I am going to try!!!Delete
I think the biggest one for me was staying away from media and social media. Seeing it once was enough and reading about it everywhere, including even uplifting things like prayers and messages on social media was just too much for me. We too spent a lot more time together this week.ReplyDelete
So true Nikki! I let it consume my life as soon as my son went to bed every night. Yikes! So nice to be away from it. Things like this do make me re-evaluate what is important. I guess I won't meet my blogging goal this month, but that is okay!Delete
Same here. Once #2 was caught, I didn't focus on the news as much. It was - and has been - on my mind alot.ReplyDelete
I'd love to get together and run one day. :)
We need to, but you will beat me!!! We need to plan a race together!!Delete
I've taken a break from my running group and now that it's time between races, it's time to also just run when I want to - live life, be in the moment ;)ReplyDelete
Great advice!!! Good luck in your Diva Half!Delete
We took a beach day yesterday. I kept Nathan home from school and we just spend the day as a family. I think we really needed a day to just get away and not think about anything but fun in the sun!ReplyDelete
That is so awesome! We need more of those don't we!!!Delete
Being present, in the moment in life not on screen.ReplyDelete
you've got it girl!Delete
I rarely watch the news because of all the bad news that goes with it. I overdid it with all the bombing news and finally stopped because it was making me emotional. Sometimes it's okay to live in a protected bubble:)ReplyDelete
Last week was definitely crazy for the whole country. It was hard ton concentrate while simultaneously trying to keep up with the news and what was going on with the Boston bombing. I think its important for us all to disconnect from technology and live in the real world, especially after tragic circumstances that make use appreciate our loved ones more.ReplyDelete
As soon as I heard #2 was caught I breathed a huge sigh and let my guard back down. Horrible what happened. Still can't wrap my brain around the why.ReplyDelete
I love you lady xoxox You are still Ms Awesome :-)ReplyDelete
I had to step away from reading blogs the week after Boston. Just too many emotions when I hadn't processed my own. Now, I choose to focus on the good things that are going on like all of the Boston runs and random acts of kindness. :)ReplyDelete