As someone that's worked in hospitality I can tell you it's an extremely stressful environment. The long hours and expectations are always set for 'excellent' or 'flawless'. As much as you try to band together as a team the stress can catch up with a person, and even an entire department. This is a great article about a man that has obviously walked the path and not only recognizes the problems, but is doing something about it. Please take a moment to read this, plus there are some great recourses listed towards the bottom of the article. Just click on the image and thank you Chef Mulvaney.
I look both ways as I type this, but I'm really please with the first 10 days of February. 7 runs and 50.35 miles so far, of course the main goal right now is to stay healthy and keep moving forward. I can recall last year at this time when the first of many leg injuries began occurring. I was on a strong start to the year and pushed things too far one day when I knew full well that I had a pulled calve muscle. I will not be making that mistake again if I become injured.
Just please with the 14 mile run through 2-4 inches of fresh snow, it was really peaceful to say the least.. but I think I'm looking forward to Spring. But I know we still have a lot of winter left and I still do not own a treadmill, so I'll be keeping on the trails for the time being.
It seems like everybody was hit with the 'Polar Vortex', or what people in Minnesota call 'A Tuesday in January', but basically it was a rough time. Yesterday I went for a 6 mile run, the temps were 30 degrees (huge improvement) and there was about 4 inches of snow on the ground. And then today we had temps at 65 degrees for my 12 miler. No complaints here, it's just weird. Looking forward to February I'm very optimistic, but know I have my work cut out for me with about 2 months to go until St. Louis.
And to be honest today was a pretty rough 12 miler, and I'm not going to beat myself up in the least, rather move forward. I didn't prepare for this in advance. I didn't eat for about 24 hours from Friday night until Saturday evening. Plus I stayed out a wee bit late/early getting in at 5am and up again at 9am. So yeah, I own this and I'll more forward. But getting out was pretty awesome for a change.
Ryan (That's me)
Runner, writer, and a survivor. It's all about living the life you want and helping each other along the way.