Last week I was feeling a bit melancholy.
God that’s a dramatic word: melancholy. (Place back of hand on forehead) “I’m so melancholy”.
I just really wanted to use that word from my sixth grade vocab test.
Thanks Mrs. Kardin.
I’m lying. I don’t remember my sixth grade teachers name. I made that part up.
But real talk: I was a bit bummed and slow motion last week. Usually what fixes this problem is a jog around the reservoir.
This isn’t always the wisest decision.
Back in July I was having one hell of a rough day, so I decided to go jog at 1:00pm
1:00pm in the middle of July.
July at 1:00 fucking pm!
I can’t even feel bad for myself because this was just an all around dumb idea.
It was 90 degrees with direct sunlight beaming on me (and I swear only me) no shade in sight with my pride quickly dwindling.
A mile into the jog I was hating life but had to trek on. I couldn’t let complete strangers (wisely walking the reservoir at 1:00pm in the middle if July) know I was sucking.
Nearly a mile and a half into it I saw a bench and decided to do abs. I wanted the complete strangers around me to think this was all part of my plan when in reality I was about to die.
Talk about a melancholy moment.
Before mile two came around I wound up walking. I went to the grass to look like I was stretching but instead cried because I couldn’t release my sadness during the jog. In fact, the jog only made me more sad.
Ugh, I’m such a girl sometimes.
That was the last time I jogged the reservoir.
So this past Sunday around 1:00pm (you think I would learn my lesson) I got my dreadful yoga pants on and SF Giants hat and went back to the reservoir.
I wasn’t sure if I was even going to be able to jog. Sure I’ve been working out, but 30 minute gym sessions isn’t exactly prepping for a three-mile, hilly cardio session.
I got to the reservoir and my VW told me it was only 76 degrees out.
Already a better start.
I put on my “Reminds me of Summer 2014” playlist and started the jog.
With the cooler weather, a solid playlist, and my bummed-outness (I feel like sadness is too dramatic of a word for what I was feeling last week) motivating me, I managed to do the full three miles. In fact, by mile three, I figured why not do four.
I did four miles without expecting to complete one! And I did it all right under 40 minutes. Usually I keep a much slower pace if I haven’t ran outside for awhile. I don’t even want to discuss how slow my pace usually is, but we’ll just say it’s comparable to a pleasant trot.
In the end, the four miles outside during a transitioning season with Public Enemy playing in my ear, I found it incredibly hard to be sad (oops: Bummed-out) for the rest of the day.
Sometimes a little unpleasant emotion can spark something wonderful inside.
There’s always a bright side 🙂
Below I posted a pic of the four songs that remind me of Summer 2014. You don’t have to listen to them, just know they mean something to me.
And take that as an invitation to share your playlist with me.
‘Til next time friends!