"To be alive is to totally and openly participate in the simplicity and elegance of here and now" - Donald Altman
Days, weeks and months pass just as they did before, just as they have for the last 30+ years of my life. It's different but it's not, it's scary but it's not. I guess I'm thinking more of the quality and content of those days, weeks and months more and from a different perspective. You'd think that in doing so some introspection would occur as well. Well, you'd be wrong. The thoughts aren't of the quality of my life but rather that of my father. And while it seems an easy conclusion to draw, it wasn't until my Monday morning running buddy, TK, said so did I know it to be obvious & of course true. It's so much easier to focus on someone else, their needs, the support required for them than to look inward. My family is pretty much the best of the most kick ass people I've ever known. We're loud and dysfunctional as all hell but we've always got one another's backs and we can organize like no other. You throw a task down and it's CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! So while we're all moving forward in our new daily reality, each with our own facet of the challenge well underway, I've completely lost touch of just how much of my own stuff I've let fall away.
As any runner will tell you, we're big eaters, but because we're often in motion it all balances out. I'm no different; sure there may be times after a big race or maybe when injured that activities don't exceed intake and a little weight is gained here or there but soon enough the balance is restored and all is right with the world and its supply of cupcakes & salty snacks. Given my lack of doing much of anything, I'm both up in weight and down in activities; this needs to change. A couple weeks ago I joined some friends and family to compete in a game-like contest of building better habits, dropping the crap and losing some tonnage. Things are looking up thus far although they'd speed up a bit if I were to get back to building some mileage. And thus why I'm posting here, I need just a touch more accountability. I may also need to do something more drastic, like commit to a race before the year's up, something with some distance ... any suggestions? In the meantime here's to running more on a daily basis & to refining my skillz on the kickball field (yeah, I joined J's team ... eeps!)
Coming up: an overdue recap of the Spartan Race, and both the Fifth Ave Mile & a cool performance in BK