Furlough Stress

by - Thursday, April 07, 2011

Yesterday was my first run since the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. My legs were still sore from the race, and boy did it ever show in my run.

I felt like I was moving at a snail's pace and my legs just felt like bricks.

So much for getting in a nice tempo run. I was just happy to average around 9:24 for the 4.25 miles I ran. It was a beautiful day outside though and despite the fact that my run was less than stellar, I really enjoyed being outside enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. Maybe spring is really almost here!


In other news, the possibility of a government shutdown has been consuming my life. I'm not sure if the news is as big in other parts of the country as it is here.

Here it's all anyone talks about.

(If you're curious, here's the latest from the Washington Post as of this morning.)

It's the not knowing that gets to me. Will I be going to work on Monday, or will I be sitting at home waiting for Congress to pass a budget? No one knows.

And if the government does shut down, no one knows how long it will be closed. We could shutdown on Friday, Congress could work through the weekend and we could be open on Monday. Or we could shut down Friday and be sitting at home, not getting paid for all of next week or more.

Or we could not shut down at all. I'm obviously hoping for the last option.

Until then I'll be spending a large chunk of my free time Googling, "government shutdown" to see where the latest negotiations stand.

Have you ever been furloughed? Did you know how long your furlough would last? And what did you do in your free time?

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