As I’m writing this, I’m decidedly not stressed, but this was one of those weeks when my stress level was running high. Luckily it was all work stress–which I’m pretty good at compartmentalizing–but I’m blaming it for the knots in my back that kept me from doing Conte’s bike ride.
Monday: I started the week at OTF where I was surprised with a Tornado workout even though it wasn’t Tuesday. That was a harbinger of things to come, because by 10 am the Supreme Court had issued a patent-related decision I’ve been following for work. I had two hours to read the decision and put some thoughts together for reporters. Then three hours to write a bulletin for our clients in between media phone calls. Then another hour or so to re-work what I’d already said into a post for my other blog. All while attending to other deadlines and following the news on the horrible shooting at a baseball field nearby.
Tuesday: What better way to hold our injured public servants in my thoughts and prayers than to run around the monuments? I usually am looking at Cherry Blossoms when I run around the Tidal Basin, but on Tuesday the statute of Jefferson caught my eye.
The view of the Capitol from the base of the Washington Monument was stunning, and I was grateful that the flags did not have to be flying at half-mast.
Wednesday: I went to OTF again to use up my monthly membership classes before I switch to a package deal. This time it was a team workout with the person doing the floor exercises setting the pace:
- 20 squats with overhead press, twisting to alternating sides
- 10 push-ups with one hand on a medicine ball (alternating sides)
- 10 leg raises with overhead reach
- 20 sit-ups with cross punches
My abs still hurt when I laugh!
Thursday: I woke up with a muscle spasm in my back, but decided to go to Revolve anyway. I didn’t push too hard in class, but still got my heart rate up and worked up a sweat. By the time I got to work my back was killing me. I knocked out the work I had to get done–some of which I’ve literally been losing sleep over–and booked a deep tissue massage for 1:15–leaving just enough time before my 2:30 conference call. See, even my relaxing appointments were stressful this week!
Friday: My back was still jacked up, but I thought some hot yoga might do it some good. There were a few moves I just couldn’t do, but overall I think the yoga helped more than the massage. I dashed from my 6 am yoga class to a 7:30 am hair appointment and squeezed in a 12:30 pm manicure before a 1:00 pm conference call. Again, appointments that should have been relaxing were stressful because I had so much to do!
Saturday: I really wanted to do the hilly Conte’s bike ride–really, I did, because I’m afraid it will be that much harder the longer I go between rides— but since my upper back was still tight and I didn’t have full mobility, I decided to play it safe. I opted for an easy ride on the Mount Vernon Trail and Capital Crescent Trail, which didn’t do my back any good, but did help my mood.
As I was riding, I tried to think of what could make my back feel better, and decided to buy some Icy Hot on the way home.
I don’t know why they have to keep these products on the bottom shelf when I could barely reach down to get them, but it really made my back feel better. It’s like a miracle cure!
Sunday: Despite a late flight into San Diego for a business trip, I was up before 6:00 am local time, and plotting a route for a long run. I decided to head to Balboa Park–where my profile picture on the top right was taken when I was here for the same conference a few years ago. It’s such a neat place!
My route was mostly on sidewalks, but I ran a few miles on trails through the park–chasing bunnies out of my way as I ran. I’m looking forward to more runs in San Diego this week, although I”m not sure I can face that run UP to Balboa Park again!
How do you recover from a stressful week?