I got up early today for a meeting and didn’t feel exhausted. And I was cheerful. And energetic.
I sat for a few hours at my desk and my knees weren’t stiff or painful when I got up.
I thought about going out for a walk with the intention of trying to run.
I grabbed my iPod. As I walked, I listened to my RUN! playlist. I recalled that day, back in 2005, when I ran for the first time.
And I walked and walked. And my knees didn’t hurt.
And so I set my iPod to Melissa Etheridge’s “Run For Life.” And I ran. For the whole 4 minutes and 23 seconds of the song. And my knees didn’t hurt. And I walked some more and got choked up. Lyme disease is not breast cancer, not even close, but I swear I never thought I’d feel this good again.
Then I set my iPod to a song to which I used to be able to run forever: John Mellencamp’s “Human Wheels” In fact, during a 5K a couple of years ago, I kept resetting my iPod to “Human Wheels” because it seems to be the perfect pace for me. And I ran for the whole 5 minutes and 35 seconds of the song.
Next up was “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba. And I laughed out loud. And I slowed to a brisk walk for the rest of the way. And now here I am, writing this post, and flexing my knees every once in a while to feel the absence of pain.