Sometimes life reflects running – or it may be the other way around.
Have you ever been on a long run and thought of the miles ahead of you and just wanted to stop? It isn’t that you feel badly or that you are tired, but just the magnitude of the task ahead of you seems to take all the air out of your sails. In the end, you keep going and finish the run and are better for the experience.
Yesterday was that type of day for me. No, I didn’t run, but I planned on walking 4 or 5 miles. That just didn’t happen.
I got up at 4:00 AM and got to work by 5:30. During work things got hectic. The one good part of the day was lunch with @BigBigGeek and getting to hear his half marathon recap live and in person. I love talking about running.
Back to my day. I got a call from my son that he had a migraine. He lives with debilitating headaches, so if he calls and says it is bad, then it is really bad. I had him make a doctor appointment and then had to figure out how to get done with my work and take him to the doctor. My Lovely Wife’s back is acting up again, so she was at home in bed trying to get some relief.
After the doctor, I took my son home and then had to go back out and get some prescriptions. Of course our main pharmacy didn’t have one of the prescriptions, so I had to head over to another pharmacy.
Finally I got home near 5:00 PM, too exhausted to walk and just fell into bed.
I’ve had stressful days before but there were a lot of frustrations and things happening that I didn’t write about here.
Anyway, on to my premise. Sometimes life is about endurance. You might be on mile 5 of 20 and thinking, how am I getting through this. I guess it’s that runner’s mindset that helps me deal with stressful days now. I am getting used to being at the base of a mountain and having to look up and wonder how in the world am I ever going to get to the top.
So reason #162 of why I love running… It helps me overcome issues in life and deal with the mountains.
I figure if I can run 26.2 miles, I can deal with a difficult day.
I’m glad I run.