Wednesday, August 29, 2012

mix in a few good miles

"don't pay no mind to the demons
they fill you with fear
the trouble may drag you down
if you get lost, you can always be found."
~ greg holden & drew pearson

woke up to very sore legs yesterday after my two mile return-to-the-road run on monday.  a good sore.  a welcome sore.

my board
thankfully i can still breathe deeply so i took it to the streets again hoping to get my body and mind back in the marathon game.  the sun was shining with all its might, and i was pretty darn hot by the time i got to the end of the block.  a good hot.  a welcome hot. 

i wanted to go at least three miles and thought better of doing five miles for fear of certain body implosion after just getting back to running after a month of not good, un-welcomed bronchitis.  

two miles in....  i wanted to walk.  i wanted to be finished.  i wanted to call a cab. 

fumbling with my shuffle, i came across a get-me-to-go-on running song and kept running.  i figured, screw it, i am half way there...
i found me a little strength.
i shut down the demons.
i found myself finishing with four miles under my sneaks...
a good four.  a more than welcome four.  

11 weeks to 26.2.... 
chief redface, post-run
here's the song....

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

just breathe

when you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
~marcus aurelius

a little summertime math....

4 weeks bronchitis
5 full days on the couch
2 rounds of meds
countless hours of little house on the prairie re-runs (nellie olsen is still a bitch)
1 chest xray, what a cool picture that was...
1 (literally) round inhaler
hundreds of dollars for my friendly neighborhood pharmacy
billions of dollars paid to my doctor
31 days of shunning my sneakers
31 days unable to take a deep breath
31 days no training
11 weeks until the nyc marathon

add it all up and realize that without your health you have nothing.

and on the 32nd day, lacing up and taking a deep breath and feeling it all the way down to my toes as i ran the longest and hardest two miles EVER...

....well, that's just precious.