Tuesday morning. Third of November. Record high temperatures expected again today.
Despite this, I am sitting indoors, with the fireplace making a lame attempt at warming my perpertually cold body. I came down with the flu a week ago. It’s been awful and depressing. Since I am out of the workforce, no one nagged me to get a flu shot, and I just didn’t do it. I didn’t think of it. Darnit.
The day before the flu hit me like a semi, I signed up for the winter season of the running club with which I have spent many happy hours. I really want to do at least one half marathon in 2016, and being a part of this group is the best way I know to get t here. Not only do the work involved in the training, but surround myself with healthy happy like-minded people.
I went to my favorite local running store last week to get a new hat for the winter, and was so happy when this wonderful world-class runner, an actual race-WINNER, greeted me by name and asked me what races I’ll be doing in 2016. Oh yeah, I am part of something.
Oh no, I am not being humble when I call myself a “back-of-the-packer,” it’s the truth. I have finished last on more than one occasion. There was a time when I thought I would die if that happened, but I learned that I can survive. My hope, of course, is not to finish last. But I would rather have a Dead-Last-Finish than a Did-Not-Finish. And I would rather be healthy.
One time the same runner referenced above really shocked me. He asked me how the race we had just done was. I sheepishly told him that I finished last, and his face lit up as he told me “Then you had the most fun!” Meaning that I was on the course the longest, therefore had the most fun. Awesome way to look at it. Of course, he is having the least fun as he wins… I doubt that.
I must find a job, and the one I thought was a sure thing seems not to be. I don’t want to work full-time and I don’t want a serious job. I will wait until next week because I still do not feel well.
Life is so good. I can’t believe how very different my life is today, and how my mood and attitudes have changed. It is nothing short of miraculous!