Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bleck

Yesterday was one of those days and it has continued on into this morning so far. As I was finishing up my run yesterday, I came up on our neighbor and friends' two year old black lab, hit and dead on the side of the road. To make it worse, as soon as I saw the dog, I saw that the school bus was just about to go past filled with the kids, including the little boy whose dog it was. So I made a show of running past the bus, waving at the kids and hopefully distracting them all, because the last thing I wanted was a bunch of kids getting heartbroken on the way to school. (It worked - none of them noticed the dog, thank goodness).

As soon as the bus was gone I went to my neighbor/friend's, thinking it was her dog (who we have taken on many a run with us and I love dearly). I was all teary-eyed  when I knocked on her door, and then a minute later her big old goofy fat Lab came out and jumped on me. I had never been so happy to see her!

I was still heartbroken to see the dog that had been hit though and even more so when we realized that it belonged to a family we love up the road (with three little boys).

On top of that (in random order) -

- One of my favorite friends and running buddies (who was supposed to be on my ultra Ragnar team in June) tore her Plantar Fascia in her foot yesterday, and is now stuck in a boot and on crutches for six weeks.

- Our basement is leaking with melting snow, and there is at least $1000 worth of damage and carpeting that needs to be replaced.

- Noah got stuck on something this morning and tore apart his feeding pump tubing, which made a totally different kind of flood and mess.

- Our checking account got screwed up and I have been on the phone trying to get a double charge taken off. Money stress is high this time of year anyway.

- a school called this morning to say one of the kids is being lazy and has poor grades in a couple of classes (not the kid you think!)

- My job = stress

All I can say is THANK GOODNESS FOR RUNNING. What do people DO who don't have that as a stress reliever????

To end on a positive note - 

An awesome friend, who didn't know I was having a bad day, sent me this this morning.  Very cool. Love you J!

24 comments:

On the Right Track said...

It all comes at once it seems...

funny you pose this question about what you do to relieve stress when you don't, or better yet can't run...I have struggled with this over my recovery and it has taken me quite awhile to figure it out...actually, I am still figuring it out, but I think I have gotten better at it.

I make a list...any to-do list so that I can CROSS OFF and feel like I am accomplishing something...I blare Pandora through our house with the amp from our instruments and just sing away to my favorite stations...and I either light a fire or light candles at night for reading time with the boys...they love it and relax...and so do I ;)

Alcohol is my lst attempt...ha ha

Penny said...

Sorry to hear everything is coming at once. So glad that you have running to take you to a place that your so happy at.

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

I am so sorry you are having a tough day. How about a cyber hug and another run?

Take care.

Teamarcia said...

Gosh when it rains it pours doesn't it? So sorry things are stressful right now. But they too will pass. Thank heavens for running!

Meredith said...

Praying your day gets better and you get some deep breaths and sunshine.

Love the quote, reading it again. Tucking it in my pocket for Sunday :)

Suz and Allan said...

I am so sorry. Why is it that bad things tend to all come at once but good things rarely come in spades? That breaks my heart about the lab. Hope everything else will be ok and work out for the best!

Adrienne said...

Great way to reframe things. A never say die attitude paired with a run is a great combo!

Amanda@runninghood said...

Ahhhh, what a crazy time Erin. Thinking of you and sending you strength via the internet. How sad about the dog. :( I got all choked up just reading this. Good for you for thinking of the kids. Hope your week ends on a really bright note.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I'm sorry it's not going so well right now but things will get better!

misszippy said...

Awww...loads of stressful things on your plate. As I would expect from a strong girl like you, though, you are taking it all in stride. And yes, thank goodness for running! Things can only turn in the right direction from here.

Sending you a big hug!

Terzah said...

I'm so sorry you're dealing with all of that (and VERY sad for that dog's family), but YES to running for making you more ready to take all of this on. And when you get through it and find some smooth waters again, you'll be stronger both mentally and physically. Thinking of you!!

jessie said...

Running is a lifesaver that way, isn't it? I have been injured and unable to run for a month but am starting up again slowly. It has helped me get through 6 absolutely revolting days of poop and puke from my youngest, who has the norovirus thing. Even though I can only do a mile or two at the most right now before switching to the bike it helps so much.

Caroline said...

oh boy..it is always like that isnt it..ALL or nothing...never balanced...I call those waves..life test... it is always during those period that we learn we can handle more than we think.

it will get better. hang in there.

L.A. Runner said...

"Some days are like that, even in Australia." (((HUGS)))) This too shall pass. Run Happy and hang tough.

Ugly said...

Those days happen....tomorrow will be better....be careful jogging on roads; those same folks that hit dogs also hit cyclists and runners....I jog only on greenbelts and trails, or grassy parks....I dont trust motorists anymore....

Jen@runfortheboys said...

My word! When it rains (or snows!) it pours, doesn't it? Any one of those things is bad in and of itself but all of them together - it must feel a bit overwhelming. Ugh! I'm just glad everybody at your house is healthy and happy (well, except for the kid who won't be happy pretty soon whenever the school issue comes up!). Hang in there, friend! Hugs to you :)

Becky at Prairie Runner said...

Sorry about all those stresses. When it rains, it pours, huh? What do I do about stress? Well, my first reaction is to reach for the peanut butter M & Ms. But that usually causes more stress after I realize I have eaten more than half the bag. I have some huge stress that just came up in the last day - all I can say is thank God that I can run. It is mt saving grace when life gets to be too much. take care!

coach dion said...

You will just have to keep running or go mad...

Shannon @ Tales from an Average Runner said...

Sorry about the bad day. Hopefully it can only get better from here. Running is the best stress reliever, and I know I go bonkers when I don't have it - which seems to be often lately due to injury. Such is life. Hope today goes great!

lindsay said...

I love that you tried to distract the kids, even if it wasn't their dog in the end. I hate seeing dogs on the side of the road :(

Stress and craziness is not cool! I hope things settle down and work themselves out quickly.

Natalie R. said...

Oh, I hate that! I saw a neighbors cat in our park when I first started my run in the fall. A coyote had gotten to it (we had a number of missing cats last summer/fall). I ran back to our neighbor and knocked on the door at 7 AM, luckily the bus had just left and I knew someone was up. She emailed me and said that was her cat, her husband took care of it that morning before the elementary kids went to the bus stop. We were so sad because she was the nicest, neighborhood/park cat! She was frequently in our yard, too. THEN, I get an email about 4:30 that afternoon with news that Charlotte just walked in the door, and it WASN'T her cat afterall! We were much relieved and so were my two little girls! Hope you weekend celebrating St. Patty's Day turns out better. AND, it is never good when we get a call from the school! I have gotten notes home from the teacher and an email, too this year!

Mark Matthews said...

I swear the outside world often times seems to be put in a whirlwind by our training, and when we whip up our insides it causes all sorts of tornadoes on the outsides, and looking at your mileage and intervals, sounds like you have some major turbulence going on. (okay, if this sounds like some sort of weird shame & blame, then it has been written all wrong, so edit your reading accordingly.) So sad about the dog, and basement leaks suck (or, they drip I should say.)

Laura said...

Oh so sorry... I hate those days. And I always wonder the same thing, how do people function and deal with stress (in a healthy way) without running?! Hope your weekend is better!

Running Girl said...

Hugs. Sorry you had one of those days. Fingers crossed that things turn around immediately - both on the financial/flooding end, and that the child who is struggling turns things around. I know how hard that is on the parents & child.