I don’t only run. I also swim in oily water, eat cookies, and laminate stuff.

If you read the title, you really don’t have to take the time to read this post. It’s like high-gloss, big-budget, blockbuster movie preview: you just got all the good bits.

But if you enjoy the minutia of my life, please continue.

I was filled with self-satisfaction for the first half of today because I got my lazy butt out of bed and down to Ohio Street Beach this morning. The last few weeks I’ve had a hard time getting up in the morning to run, or do anything, for that matter. Which has meant a lot of evening runs, and a few missed ones.

Last time I had a running related injury, swimming (more specifically, kicking, I reckon), really helped the recovery process, so up I got.

I still score about a 7 on the lame-o-meter for driving rather than riding my bike. Sunrise is creeping later into the morning now, and I do not have any lights on my bike.

Don’t worry, I started a shopping list.

My friends are more punctual and quicker to wake than I, and so when I arrived at the lockers at 6:06am they were already in the water.

Here’s the proof I was really there, sucking up diesel and whatever else was glistening in the sunrise in that silky surface skim….


Sorry about the crazed eye expression there. I’ve never been a morning person.

Typically, if I am in the water, be it pool, lake, ocean, or bathtub I am fairly content. I am not very graceful by land, and everything feels less effortful in the water. This morning the lake was really calm, so the swim was nice. I wish could have swum longer, I covered a mile, but have no idea how long it took. All I know is I got back home at about 7:05.

The water was really warm, I wondered if I was swimming in pee.

I probably was.

At any rate, it’s a good way to start a day.

The finish to my day will be far less idyllic.

I just got home from work and for the second day in a row wonder if I’m occupying some alternate universe because A.) it again only took 45 mins from office to home (usually it take a minimum of 90),

My nephew’s dream in life is to work for JPL (who you may have heard of in the last few days), and design a mass-market flying car. I sure wish he’d hurry up on that. I mean, he is 5 already…what’s the hold up?

B.) I am craving junk food uncontrollably and don’t think I’ve had a vegetable in a week, and C.) I have little to no desire to work out.

This is the first week in 10 that I haven’t weight trained, so as I eat these Oreo’s, and drink sugary tea, I shall reflect on that success.

I am also going to laminate a bunch of matching and sorting materials for work…doesn’t behavior analysis sound inspiring?!

Tomorrow morning I am going to head to the track to test out my weirdo achy shin.

Have you ever found yourself in a training rut and been so confident that it’ll pass that you don’t really put any effort into getting back into the groove?

Does that even make sense?

I guess it means that I’ve been here before, and I know at some point I’ll look back, mid-routine and think, huh….when did it get easy again?

Relapse is part of growth.


6 responses to “I don’t only run. I also swim in oily water, eat cookies, and laminate stuff.

  1. I can completely relate to this. But I know that the only way to get out of it is to get back on the wagon and out the door. Good luck and thanks for letting me know I am not alone!

  2. I think it’s totally normal to have peaks and valleys in all pursuits. A verdict of consistency really depends on how large a sample your looking at. The last month might not look consistent, but the last year does 😉

  3. I’m totally in a rut but keep on pushing. My swimming is horrible, laborious & slow right now. I’m not really sure how that happened but I’d love to swim before work one day in the lake. I “think” that sounds awesome!

  4. Hey- I think behavior analysis sounds VERY inspiring!!! :). Love, love, love the title of this post!!!



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