I saw a Ted Talk recently, and read a book by the speaker, where he talked about taking a year off from his job. He said he learned a lot about work-life balance, mainly that it’s very easy to balance life and work when you don’t work.
Last night I missed a run because I had to work late. I wished a hundred times that I had taken the time for that run, at some point, because I was a big fist of stress through the work, the ride home, and my evening. Even as I write this post before bed, I’m tight-lipped and tired, and I want to eat food despite not being hungry. Stress.
Of course, I won’t really miss a workout; I’ll find another place this week to fit it in, and fitting in the run isn’t stressful at all. It makes me thing that I should keep an emergency running outfit at work (I already keep a dead pair of sneakers there, and a few miles in them wouldn’t kill me). Getting away for an hour before finishing my work in the evening would have made all the difference today.