Life can be overwhelming. After the Grub Run, I did not run or exercise for three weeks. On top of that, I caught a terrible cold that is still with me today. It did not take long before I was feeling like garbage in more ways than one. Not only did I feel horrible physically, but I could also see that my spirits were down as well.
Knowing that I had a race coming up in a few weeks gave me the motivation to get back on track again. In fact, I went out for a run the weekend after Thanksgiving for the first time in a while. I was thinking I had three weeks before my next race but soon realized that I only had two!
To get back on track, I have had to purposefully take the time to get some exercise in. I’ve found that the best way to do this is to schedule it and put it on the calendar. So, I’ve committed to run with a group that meets locally on Wednesday nights. I’ve put out the call for a Monday night run and am running with a friend. On Saturdays I’m running solo.
I am still nursing my injury which I am convinced will not be fully healed until spring. Considering that and the fact that my endurance level is way down, I am still using the run/walk/run method. I was elated to find that using this method I was able to go up and over the Flyover for a 4-mile run! This is something I hadn’t done since my injury.
Last Saturday was unseasonably warm and sunny. I decided to go for a run through the park while the trail was dry and clear of debris. It felt great to be outside. The animals were enjoying the unseasonably warm and sunny weather as well. We haven’t had any rain for a while, so all of the leaves are very dry and crunchy. The squirrels were having a great time playing. I could hear them running and chasing each other through the crunchy leaves. At one point I had to slow down and even stop to watch the squirrels play. Oh, what a life they must have!
At this time in my life it would be very easy to say, “I don’t have time right now,” with the intention of coming back to running later. However, the benefits of making myself get out there a few times a week are so great that I can’t pass them up. There have been plenty of times that I didn’t want to go out there, and I spent a lot of time talking myself into going. However, I’ve never regretted going. There have been times that I’ve not been pleased with my performance or the way things went, but in the end the feeling of accomplishment was well worth it.
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? Matthew 6:25-26