I’ve mentioned renewal and recharging in previous posts. Refreshing my mind and spirit is a priority, but I often I forget to rest my body.
Do you ever pretend that you aren’t getting sick? I do that. I feel the symptoms coming on and think, “No, I can overcome this!” It doesn’t always work for me.
Katy has been battling a bit of a cold this week and yesterday, I started coughing. Not too much, so I thought, “No problem!”
After a morning errand, I went on my run. I’ve been eyeing a particularly challenging part of the trail that I haven’t explored yet. I’m not sure what the mileage is. My estimate would be between 8 and 10 miles. It would make it the longest distance that I’ve gone.
I needed a run. It was another long week at work. Renewal was important. Twenty feet into my run, I started to get a cramp. I had a long road ahead of me. Every once and a while, I get these and keep going.
This incoming cold mixed with the cramp made me doubt the entire run. I got to the half mile mark and thought about turning around. In the end, I ran 7 miles. I looked longingly at the mountain that I wanted to climb. And then nearly fell on my face. On a trail run, you really can’t run and look longingly at anything but the trail in front of you. At least I can’t.
I got home, feeling pretty satisfied that I still accomplished a long run, when the cold symptoms intensified. My body was telling me “enough.”
I stocked up on Emergen-C and tea at the store and made soup for dinner. I hope my family isn’t getting tired of soup. I’ve been making a different kind every time, but we have it a couple times a week. What can I say, it’s a celebration of the cooler weather. And now I don’t feel good and soup sounded so good. It was so good, by the way.
I had to let go of my other to-dos. I’m feeling a little twitchy from not accomplishing everything today. But that could be chills from this cold, too.
Sometimes I have to stop. Sometimes I need rest. And soup. And hot tea. And my coffee pjs.
This post is part of my series:
To start from the beginning, please visit this page for a full listing.