ORN: 8.2 miles, 1:22:07, 10:01/mile, R4/W1
The cough first set in late Tuesday afternoon. I knew what would follow. Three work associates had been hacking and sniffing for the previous week and I figured it was pretty much just a matter of time before my head plugged up too.
The combination of the cold and a bodacious work schedule caused me to flat out miss a run on Thursday. I flipped back through my logs and it’s been well over a year since I’ve missed a scheduled run. I felt really bad about missing the run and not just for having the miles short on my weekly total. I observed about 20 years ago three indicators for me to assess if my life is in balance, very much equivalent to the physical vital signs of pulse, blood pressure and respiration rate. The three indicators for me are running regularly, reading the Bible daily and flossing my teeth each evening. If I start missing any of these three, I know something else is amiss and I need to take stock.
While my teeth have been quite squeaky clean, the other two disciplines were slipping this week. So I opted out of some other obligations and spent some extended time this morning reading Scripture. It was deep and very useful. Then, this afternoon, an amazing 44 degrees of sunshine graced our fair city. Despite the head congestion, I went out and had a most enjoyable 8 mile run. It was the best my head has felt in 5 days.
Here’s best wishes to blogging buddy David who is running the hills of the Mercedes Marathon in Birmingham, Alabama tomorrow in near-perfect conditions. Rock on, David…your preparation will serve you well!!