Last week was hard. It was definitely the first time I’ve felt like a real adult (funny that it only took 27 years).
Taking Nate to the ER at 9pm on Thursday night started it all. Leaving him there at 6am to go to work while he had an appendectomy made it worse– not to mention the horrible things that you witness being in an ER for that many hours. Being really sick myself at the same time and losing my voice was just extra fun. The past week as been rough – and that’s an understatement. I wasn’t sleeping much, I went from not eating for days to eating whatever happened to be convenient (meaning Tender Greens took great care of me) and was generally just going through the motions – work, home, take care of Nate, sleep, repeat.
Tuesday night I was finally starting to feel better, so I set my alarm early for Wednesday morning so I could take class before work. I turned it off twice and almost didn’t make it in, but I dragged myself out of bed and biked the two miles to work, and I’m so glad I did. I took two classes from two amazing instructors (and friends) on Wednesday and left work that evening with a clear head and a smile on my face for the first time in days.
I rode my bike home and noticed the sun was about to set, so I ran inside, put Buddy’s leash on and we went to the beach.
Now I’m in Tucson for a few days.
It didn’t happen the way I planned – Nate and I were going to make it a road trip, but thanks to that lovely appendix I ended up flying out solo – but being here on my own and spending two straight days doing nothing but learning as much as I can about running has turned out to be so damn good for my soul. It has made me remember why I started running, it has made me fall in love with running all over again and reminded me why I can’t wait to share it with other people.
So that, my friends, is how you turn one of the most terrible weeks around into one of the best. Spend time with people that you care about and dedicate time to doing what you love. Sweat. Get outside. Breathe. Run with your dog in the sand. It’s pretty simple, really.