Yesterday, I was a bit grumbly and feeling somewhat sorry for myself. Earlier in the week, I had a great plan to take Friday off, get my 7-9 miles in for the Virtual 9 on the 9th and then still have time to get some errands and neglected house chores crossed off my list. But instead of that great plan, I found myself Friday morning elbow and knee deep into regular work stuff. Work that was a wonderful yet required a horrible amount of high level of brain power that droned on for 5 hours. 5 hours of hard work on my day off! There is nothing worse than that. So by noon on Friday, I was sad. I could feel my run slipping through my fingers as each minute on the clock ticked away. This weekend has no time or opportunity for a run - I was going to be out of luck.
Feeling discouraged, I took a quick "lunch break" of feeling-sorry-for-me-food of Pringle crumbs, Doritoes and Diet Coke, I went back and read Bob's interview where he talked about the worst thing about running was missing a run. "Amen!", I yelled. Then I read back a bit further to Betsy's post last Friday on making time for yourself. "Humpf." I thought - she's so right.
And then I sent Nancy an email asking if she was going to get in her 9 miles. I mean, she's been sick, just started running again this week, and she is just as busy. Here was her reply, "I did 9 today. Very slowly but covered the miles while watching a movie." A great feeling of awe and inspiration washed over me. She did 9 miles on a treadmill. What the hell is my problem!
I sent her a quick note back telling her how she was my hero, shut down my computer and phone, grabbed my iPod and hit the door. It did about 8 miles - which is about what I wanted to do. It wasn't my best run, but by far had been my best decision that week. The feeling of getting my priorities right. The joy of getting that run complete in my only open window, and of course, just the ability of being able to run those miles comfortably gave me a happy feeling that carried me through the rest of my day.
So, Nancy, you may not always bring us the best weather for these races, but I am so glad you give us a reason and inspiration.
Thanks Nancy! You are my SUPER hero!