Why am I sweating so much? Because I ran angry.
"Angry" might be too strong a word, but it was close to it.
I am a yekke. I like my stuff and my schedule. I keep my stuff in place and my organization and time is important to me. When I get delayed, even slightly, because of disorganization, it frustrates me.
Today I woke up to run and could not find my hat. My kids raided my cabinet, and none of my hats were there. I spent about 10 minutes looking for a decent hat to run in. That was very frustrating. While looking through the kids room I noticed the state of disaster in which they keep it, and I got angry. Normally I would just tell them to stop living like animals and clean up, but it would not upset me. Today I got upset. They take my hats and they live like animals.
Eventually I found a replacement hat, but was already so delayed that I was angry. I went out to run about 10 or 12 minutes later than usual. Not such a big deal, but when those 10 or 12 minutes are important on the back end, I knew I had to make up the time.
I decided to push myself today and run much more of the time. I paid attention to my watch, and I ran at a pace of about 8:1. No exaggeration.
I was able to do it because:
- I was blowing off steam. Running angry is a great push.
- I felt very strong. I probably could have run further today as well, but I impressed myself enough with my pace. A motivated person can accomplish a lot.
Lesson #4 - Motivate yourself. Control your body, don't let it control you.
and that is why I am "sweating like the rebbe" right now.