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The journey of a thousand leagues begins from beneath your feet.
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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

coming back together

I had a massage. I took Ibuprofen. I did lots of stretching. I went to the chiropractor. And I skipped my "big run" on Sunday.

Since I was renouncing rigor and discipline anyhow, I decided not to do it half-heartedly and I spent half the day in bed with an engrossing novel, a most marvelous way to pass time. I read that 10% of the people who took a visual quiz on Imagini, when asked what they would do with an extra hour, chose the depiction of someone lounging around with two or three books. I feel 10% might be accurate, but also pitiful. Needless to say, I would not run if given an extra hour. I enjoy reading so much that indulgence renders me feeling guilty, as if it were somehow imoral or fattening.

Oh, and I also did laundry.

I am better. The chiropractor re-aligned me with something within myself the body had forgotten, and suggested not to run for another four days. This morning at 5 am I stood for a long time in the middle of the living room, ready to go, thinking it over. With mixed feelings, I stayed. I will run tomorrow. I will even take it easy.

9 Comments:

At 12:34 PM, Blogger Running by.... said...

I think you're making the right decision not to run yet. Give your body some time to heal. If I had an extra hour everyday, I would either nap, or read a novel--both things I feel are indulgent in my life right now.

 
At 12:54 PM, Blogger Sophie said...

well...you could also "run"
to the bookshop and pick up a
stack of wonderful new books
and go home and
collapse on the couch with a
fresh iced tea ...and a breezy
open window and just spend the
day enveloped in the joy of
fresh new stories...

this is running a bit long ...

smiles!

 
At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Paris Parfait said...

Chiropractors can do wonders. Yes take it easy and do what feels right to you. As for relaxing with a book, that's my favourite indulgence!

 
At 3:55 PM, Blogger R2B said...

Hi Lia!
Long time,listen to your body,use your common sense and most of all do what you enjoy!

Happy trails until next time.

R2B

 
At 4:29 PM, Blogger Backofpack said...

Running and reading are my two favorite things to do. Reading has been suffering a bit now that I am working full time. I used to read a book every two days...the only thing I disagree with is that I don't like to read in bed. I prefer my cushy chair with a cup of tea by my side...now that's relaxing!

 
At 6:39 AM, Anonymous justrun said...

It's hard to back off but almost always worth it. Enjoy the time while you have it!

 
At 11:53 AM, Blogger Annette said...

Good for you for taking it easy! Sometimes that's harder to decide to do than going for a run. I hope all is well when you run again.

 
At 4:11 PM, Blogger Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

It's a new month! No need to worry about what did or didn't happen last week. You get to start fresh today!!

 
At 10:03 PM, Blogger Chad said...

I like reading and I like running. But I never try to mix the two!

 

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