No Category selected From grouchy to contented in 3 simple steps

    From grouchy to contented in 3 simple steps

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    Ever have one of those days?

    You know the kind I mean.  Nothing seems to go right.  Your ability to cope like a rational person decreases disproportionately to each thing that goes wrong, so that by the end of the day, you are a cranky, sour, angry bucket of acid, only marginally more fun than an alligator with a toothache.

    I had one of those days.

    I came home and pouted.  I scowled.  I seethed and I churned.

    Then I put on my shoes and headed for the treadmill.

    I put in a DVD.  I warmed up.

    Then I cranked up the speed as fast I could handle for 800 metres.  I mean I really red-lined it – for me, anyway.

    I dropped the speed back to a jog.  I mopped my brow.  I caught my breath.  Then, I did it again.  Then once more after that.

    Of course, a funny thing happens when I go all out.  I have to adjust my stride and control my breathing.  I have to convince myself to hang on because I know I can complete the 800m. I really have to concentrate.

    In that time, my pout receded.  My scowl turned into an expression of concentration.  My seething was redirected to powering my muscles, and my churning stopped so all my energy could go in the same direction.

    And just like that, I felt better. this in 30 minutes or less! this in 30 minutes or less!
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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!


    1. Amen! A run is the perfect antidote to a rough day at work. Better for you than therapeutic drinking, too. (: Not cheaper, sadly, but hey, those shoes will stay with us a lot longer than beer would!

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