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Friday, October 26, 2012

A Body in Motion

Everyone is familiar with Newton's 1st law of Motion: If an object is at rest, it will stay at rest; if an object is in motion, it will stay in motion. 

The same seems true of me and running.  When in a groove (training for a race or streaking), nothing can stop me from running.  But once I break that pattern, or routine, motivation is slow to return and I easily find excuses that allow me to skip running.

Thus, for the duration of my recent streak (3+ months), I ran more than 400 miles.  Then, I got sick, took 7 days off, and well; now the mileage is shaping up to be extremely pathetic (I may not break 50 miles for October).  It doesn't help that I'm at midterm in the semester, which aside from the end of the term, is the busiest few weeks of the semester, plus I feel like I have a bazillion other little things on my plate right now.  None of them big, but combined, I have felt overwhelmed lately.

Plus, it's raining.  It's called Hurricane Sandy -- have you heard about it?  (Read that question with dripping sarcasm; who hasn't heard about the news-hyped storm that has been labeled a "Frankenstorm"?  My god, news channels must be slobbering with excitement: election climax plus giant storm?  Jesus Jetfuel Christ, it must be the ideal ratings potential!)

So, I've taken the past 2 days off.  And today it's really rainy and windy...so, yeah, someone needs to shove me out the door and just demand that I run.

Dammit.  Guess I have to do that myself, huh?


Erin said...

I skipped today and it was better weather than on Wednesday. My body was just plain ol' tired and needed a break. I baked instead.

Yes, I baked instead of running. You can tell I am totally over the running thing. I never bake.

Emily said...

Jess, you had me cracking up with this one! I loved your description of the news people salivating over all of this. And Frankenstorm? Come on.

fancy nancy said...

Oh Sandy is headed our way after it is done with you all!! They are calling it Frankenstorm saying it is supposed to be some major hybrid hurricane/winter storm...yuck!

Viper said...

You're going to let a little rain stop you from running? Pfft. Cheers!

Nobel4Lit said...

Whew, stay safe! I know nothing about the weather out East, but I'm sure if it's keeping you in, it's serious!

Carolina John said...

Yea we're about to get our dose of Sandy this weekend. fun times. I'm going to run anyway.

runner26 said...

hope you are safe!

Lee said...

I"m totally like that too. If I'm training for a race, I'm really good at running, but otherwise, I'll always find something else to do.

Hope Sandy doesn't get ya. I'm paranoid that it's going to have some effect on the election. But I'm also a major worrywart.