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Monday, August 16, 2010

Finding the Good

This evening, it seemed that there were a lot of factors conspiring against my planned run: It was pouring rain, I have been feeling sick (it's not much, just a head cold, but I still feel a bit run-down and fatigued), and then to add insult to injury: my iPod died. But, I was still determined to get out and run, mostly because we had 2 movies to return to Blockbuster Express, and I had to get the movies back before 7 pm.

At 6:15, the rain seemed to be abating, so I slipped into my running stuff, grabbed the movies and headed out the door. Admittedly, I wasn't in a great mood: Like I said, I haven't been feeling well today, I was pissed that my iPod was among the dearly departed, and it wasn't entirely done raining. Well, my mood didn't improve in the first mile: I got splashed by a careless motorist who splashed through a lake-sized puddle at 40 mph and I got hit by a tsunami of rain water; plus, on my way to the store, I had to wade through ankle-deep puddles while running in a steady rain.

A mile later, there I stood -- dripping and grumpy at the grocery store returning my movies. After my video return, I had a simple choice: Take the easy 1 mile back and just call it good with 2 miles for the day, or take the rest of my planned route and run the additional 2.2 miles that would loop around and also bring me back home for a total of 3.2 miles.

I chose option #2, and just like Robert Frost declared, that made all the difference.

Option #2 took me off the busy street and through the quieter residential area, and in those 2 miles several things happened, none of them significant, but each one meaningful in its own small way: Without the iPod, I allowed my thoughts to just drift and it felt good to mull and dwell on a few things that have been cluttering my brain as of late; my congestion cleared a bit and I could breath comfortably; and the rain slowed to a light, almost refreshing, drizzle.

Those 2.2 miles made me think of the back of this Goldfish package: Cheesy, yes, but it is true sometimes: It can be tough to find the good in a situation that seems frustrating and annoying. But, there I was, squishing through my run in wet shoes and socks, and I didn't feel bad -- instead, I felt good.

Granted, now that I'm home and not running, my nose has returned to being a snot faucet, and Jerry just walked in and informed me that while he was sawing a piece of cabinet for the bathroom, he accidentally knocked a chunk out of our bed...but, I'm trying to see the good. Hmmm...the good here? Well...it's good that Norah can sleep through the sound of a table saw in the next room, right?! Also, I foresee some Nyquil, my book and my now damaged bed in the near future :)

18 comments:

MCM Mama said...

Glad you were able to find the good and hopefully you'll feel better tomorrow.

ajh said...

It's hard to find the positive in that! Good job!

Shanna said...

Awww feel better!! You're attitude is great, that'll help :)

Firefly's Running said...

Feel better soon. Nice job on getting your run in.

Lisa said...

It's good to run without music sometimes.

Glad everything ended up well with the run. Now as for the chunk knocked out of your bed,that's another story all together.

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I love that you found your way to the positive.

Monica said...
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Monica said...

You are a MACHINE!!! A snotty MACHINE, but still a MACHINE!

lee said...

Good job. I hope you feel better.

Heather said...

Hope you feel better soon!

Her Name is Rio said...

Hope you feel better soon! *here's a tissue* That positive thinking is pretty powerful!

Miz said...

it IS hard to find the positive in that and in some days.

YOU
ROCK.

MizFit

Lily on the Road said...

Ahhhh, sometimes it just happens that way. Glad you are able to see the good. I LOVE the back of the Goldfish bag (I've stolen it)....

Hang in there

Marlene said...

I know you are NOT a fan of running in the rain, so awesome job getting out there! Hope you had a good sleep and feel better!

Viper said...

Just adding character to the bed. Positive thinking is contagious, maybe not as much as a cold, but contagious nonetheless. Cheers!

Katie A. said...

And what's that saying...you never regret the runs you do, only the ones you don't? NICE JOB!

I have been running without music for almost 9 months now and I really enjoy it. I usually only wear it when I race and now that is becoming even more infrequent. I love being in my thoughts and hearing my breath - maybe a new streak for you?
Feel better!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

yeahhh for finding the good. I'm doing that every single day right now to feel better about things and it is so worth it to just have that positive feeling

Krissy said...

I don't run with music, and I really like it. It it the only time I am really unplugged! I tried going w/out music 6 years ago and haven't felt the need to go back yet. I do love music when I am doing a spin class, it is so motivating so I can see how running with music would be motivating.