Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Life Happens

The number one accomplishment that Running Without a Watch helped me to achieve is that it changed my view on running.  Running is now part of my life rather than being my life. As much as I want to run every day, life happens and I am not always able to get out there. 

Take last week.  On Monday one of our cats started showing signs of not feeling good.  We took her to the vet.  She didn’t improve and we took her back Tuesday night.  They ran some more tests.  On Wednesday we got the call.  It was cancer and the vet described it as “a bad cancer.”  His next words were, “I can take care of this tonight for you.”  It was that bad.  We went back that evening and put our wonderful loving member of the family to sleep.  It was a hard decision, but the correct one.  She has been with me for over 10 years.  She adored my children and my oldest called her “my kitty”. 
A pet doesn’t care if you are fat or if you run fast or run slow.  All they want is for you to pay attention to them.  Maybe even a belly rub.  

In the past when something like this occurred in my life, I would wind up eating myself sick and then feel too stuffed to go out for a run.  It was a cycle that would sometimes last for a week or two.  Not this time.  I didn’t go running for 4 days straight, but on the fifth day I got back out there without missing a beat.  I did not make any poor choices with food.  

Is running your life or part of your life?

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