09 February 2009

Week Sans Running

I woke up a week ago today and was ready to continue with my running. It was just after 5 AM and before I even made it to the front door, I could hear the wind howling. At that point, I decided that I needed a break. Running was starting to feel like an obligation, and most of my run was spent thinking about stuff I needed to get done regarding the new business. While the running was working perfectly to help me clarify my priorities and organize, I wasn't actually accomplishing any of those priorities. Realizing that and reading this post made me think...

I can afford to take a week off. So I did.

I got a LOT done at the office. Ellie and I are in the process of removing wallpaper (I hate wallpaper) from the walls of the treatment rooms and priming/painting the walls. I'm also working on frames to hang new art work in the office. That, along with marketing and meeting as many people as possible in the community, has made the week's spare time fill up quickly!

I feel good about my week off but at the same time have a better appreciation for my time stolen away from work and on my own...on the quiet roads or (the much preferred) trails. So my week off has helped to invigorate my running and my life. Mission accomplished.

Now I'm even more excited to get running and training for Chippewa in late April. Besides...there will be a bunch of people there that only know me through this website and will be meeting me for the first time...I've got to run at least half-way decent!

Tomorrow I'll be up early again and excited to run. No headphones. No real goal pace. No Garmin. Just run.

Okay, who am I kidding--I'll be wearing my 405.

17 comments:

Melanie said...

sounds like a lot accomplished during your week off running, and when it becomes an obligation, it's not as fun anymore... and the excitement is back! Awesome :D

aron said...

sounds like the week off is just what you needed... you definitely deserved it!

The Laminator said...

A week off to recharge the running batteries...not a bad deal at all!

Xenia said...

Glad you're recharged and ready to take on running again. Good luck with the new business!

Borsch said...

That is great. We always needs those breaks, take them when you need them!

As for the swimming dvd. I can burn it and make you a copy of the flash cards. :-)

Send me an email with an address and you will be swimming in no time!

Jess said...

Smart move taking the week off!

Rachel said...

Sometimes those breaks really make coming back sweet bliss!

Jess said...

Mmmm....week offfffff...I think I need one too.

SteveQ said...

Ya know, after telling everyone to take off their watch and just run, I haven't done it yet...

I think I can take time off like Jurek when I run like Jurek.

Steve Stenzel said...

Hey, we need the break now and then...

Enjoy!!

Marcy said...

I'm surprised you've still been running. Seriously homie you've gotta lot of stuff going on. Taking down wall paper is totally XT.

And BTW did you happen to kill off G? :-( ;-)

nwgdc said...

Normally, I take kill orders from G. Perhaps something got lost in translation, from the Joisey accent he speaks to the Canadian accent found in these parts, and I accidentally terminated him?

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

I can't believe you didn't post for a whole week merely because you didn't run during that time. If I only posted when I ran, the last time I would have been able to post would have been back in December. December! Who even remembers who was president back then? Not me. (Adding: BTW, who's President now? Not me, I hope. I got too many blogs to catch up on.)

it's very comforting to know that Marcy was so worried that I might be dead that she went to all the trouble of leaving a comment about it on some dude's blog. I better call and cancel the ambulance because I'm sure the first responders are on the way over even as I type.

Thanks for the kind words at my blog, man. I do appreciate them.

Gregg said...

Thanks for the comment on the blog. No sure what the back "issue" was but the last few days sure have been better.
Kinda crazy, but I will wear my 405 on any route, even if I have ran it 100 times before... just kinda addicting I guess.
Good luck with the spring training.

Steve Stenzel said...

Glad you took some time off!

Good luck with the wallpaper....

RazZDoodle said...

preach on! Maybe this week I'll squeeze in 2 runs. Whew! I'm tired just thinkin about it.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

So did you, like, die or something, dude?

If so, can you blog from the beyond?

Because that would be totally cool!