What a fabulous morning. I could not have asked for a better start. Thanks to all of you for your get well wishes and positive thoughts…I needed those these past couple of days! I got some good rest last night and decided to give it a go this morning and try to knock out a run. Man, was it cold! I didn’t even look at the weather forecast but I probably should have because it was pretty nippy this morning. I was totally wishing I had brought my gloves but I tried to push back the numbness in my hands and just run. No real goal or mileage to hit, just run for the heck of it. I was feeling so good this morning despite being sick on Sunday. I guess the r & r really made a huge difference because I couldn’t stop this morning. In the back of my mind I wanted to run about 6 or 7 miles, but once I hit 7, it was still early and the sun was rising. My hands were thawing out too thank goodness! So I kept going. And going. My ipod battery was low but the music kept playing, and I kept running. Until I made it to 9 miles and figured I had better get ready for work.
So I guess I learned a lesson in all of this being sick mumbo jumbo and feeling bad for myself and for not being there for my team on Sunday. I learned that when you are sick, it’s okay to take a back seat and not be everywhere all the time. It’s okay to say no…it’s okay to take care of yourself. Because in the end, that really is all you have. I am not one of those people that enjoys sitting out, or even recovering for that matter. In this case, I do think it was a blessing in disguise and it was better that I not try to venture out in the rain feeling all icky. Sure I may have missed a race, I may have missed lots of memories, but there are many more memories and races to come. Running is and will always be there for me. It’s something I always have in my back pocket. When I’m needing to clear my mind, wanting to catch up with a running buddy, or to run solo and spend time with God & nature, it’s there. And I’m glad for that.