Sunday, October 12, 2008

I Have Discovered My Drug Of Choice

I will now proceed to become an addict, and happy about it.

You see, not two hours ago I was sitting in this very seat, in this very room, writing on this very computer about this very day. It was not going well. I have since deleted the entry, but to summarize, it basically went, "I am lazy, I suck, I am not getting anything done, I might as well dig a hole and rot into it." Et cetera, with a few self deprecating, not-all-that-funny remarks thrown in.

Well, that's all changed now, and it's all because of this beautiful thing I discovered only a few weeks ago. Some like to call it ecstasy; some like to call it nirvana. I like to call it free, legal, and of course, something that leaves me sweaty and spent.

(That's what she said.)

That drug is, of course, running. I'll be frank with you, my friends. When I started this experiment of sorts just about a month ago, I wasn't really sure how well it would take. I haven't stuck closely to a fitness regimen in years, and while I had a fairly positive initial experience in the sense that I didn't actually die, I wasn't sure if I would find the motivation to stick with it.

Well, friends, that doubt is now banished to the land where unhappy thoughts go to die. The "runner's high" is a real thing-- granted you have to run for miles and miles and miles and wonder just what the hell you are doing with your life a few times in order to get it, but if you keep going, eventually it will find you.

Today, I ran for 1 hour, 1 minute, and 52 seconds. I ran 10 laps around my block. If you'll recall, I could only manage TWO my first time out, barely a month ago. And until tonight, the most I had managed was six.

I still don't know how far around my block is, but it's definitely between a third of a mile and half a mile. Heck, it might even be a mile. There's no real way to tell when you're as bad at judging distance as I am. But I think it's safe to say that I ran somewhere between three and five miles tonight.

Proud. Happy. Feeling much better about this whole universe-spinning-no-matter-what concept.

All is right with the world.

9 comments:

tamie said...

Proud and smiling.

tamie said...

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Mommy bird said...

Good for you, just don't get lost. I know about your excellent sense of direction:)

K.R. said...

"that's what she said"

priceless. now run this way and entertain me!

Lady Snark said...

tamie... thanks, dude! I am honored to be nominated. And a little humbled, as I have been less than laff-riot-inducing lately.

mom... I think I've got it down to a science now. Turn, turn, turn, turn, back home. Turn, turn, turn, turn, back home.

k.r.... just for you, baby.

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