May is off to a rough start so far. Nothing major, just minor things, but somehow I find that harder to deal with than big things. I just finished a week of the worst PMS I’ve had in a really long time. Not only was it a week of alternating cranky, angry, and sad, it lasted an ENTIRE WEEK. I could probably stop right there as an explanation of where my mental state is right now. Unfortunately, Shoo and Jones decided to do everything they could to make the week even worse. Shoo is 3 (do I really need to say more?) and thinks that defiance is hilarious. Jones got in trouble this week and ended up staging his first protest – he said he was going to sit in the hallway until I gave him back his nintendo. I would have been amused if I hadn’t been so darned mad. Oy.
Caution: Whining ahead
Added to the mental crap is the fact that my body seems to need a break. I think I’ve just been pushing myself too hard when I run. Either that or I need to start sleeping more. I’ve always done fine on 6 or so hours of sleep, but now the 7 I’ve been getting isn’t cutting it. My heel is still bothering me, although thankfully not while I’m running.
I’ve set myself some mini goals for the rest of the month to see if I can see some improvement. I have an annual physical on June 4th, so I’d like to see if I can feel better before the appointment. If not, then hopefully we can come up with some ideas at the appointment.
1. Drink more water. I used to drink a lot and now I find some days I only drink one glass at dinner.
2. Pull back a bit on “training”. I need to run easier on my long slow runs and on my easy days. Note to self: not every run needs sub 9 minute miles.
3. Get more sleep. I’m trying to give up my afternoon caffeine as I think I’m in a vicious circle of drinking caffeine because I’m tired and then not being able to go to bed on time.
4. See more of my friends. We have a pretty broad circle of friends, but lately we seem to only see the parents from Jones’ school/soccer team. I miss hanging out with the people who really know me well.
5. Start eating better. I eat a good breakfast and a good dinner with a ton of not so good stuff in between.
Today I ran my usual four mile loop in the opposite direction. This meant it ended with a mile long uphill. It seemed way harder in that direction. I still managed to do it in 35:50 (see what I mean about needing to slow down – I have a race Sunday…)
Off to read a few blogs and then try to be to bed before 10.
12 thoughts on “Caution: Whining ahead”
Not whiny at all, good advice. Its important to stay balanced, thanks for the tips.
sorry its been a bad week… hope it now turns around for you, and your goals are good ones 🙂
Why is it kids know how to push your buttons even more than usual when you’re PMSing? I could never figure that one out.All of your goals sound perfectly reasonable and totally necessary! It is good to find balance in life. Enjoy!
I think you have a good list of goals. We all have weeks (hell, months) where we are worn down and beat up. You’re allowed a break every once and a while.
great plan. you will get things turned around. :-)oh crud! i just realized that i’m heading out of town to see my dad in the hospital during “that time” of the month. could it get much worse?!?
excellent plan! I hope everything turns around for you soon.
I hope things get better soon! Sleep – I definitely am a better person when I get my sleep.
I hope things start to improve for you this month. Sounds like a combination of factors dragging you down. Those are some great goals and I hope they help.
PMS + 2 children has got to be a bitch! And I’m the sort of person who likes to get a comfortable 8 and 1/2 to 9 hours of sleep a night, so I definitely endorse the more sleep!
I think that you have such great goals. About 3 of them are ones I am currently thinking about adjusting! Opening the water bottle now…
I feel your pain with your kids, I’ve been dealing with the same thing.Your goals sound great, it’s easy to get off balance but it sounds like you know what you need to do.
Ugh, PMS is the worst. You’ve got some great goals, cut yourself some slack and I’m sure you’ll be feeling back to normal soon!