• Another 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 241 (Radiation Treatment 3 of 30: You Can’t Dodge Every Puddle)

    You can't dodge every puddle.  Sometimes you just have to go through them.

    You can’t dodge every puddle. Sometimes you just have to go through them.

    Monday, March 9, 2015

    Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today:  2.35 miles;  Running Total: 199.44 miles)

    Day 241 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.

    My doctors said I could do whatever I wanted six weeks post-surgery. Since Wednesday will be six weeks, I’m taking some liberties. I’ve had it with cancer treatment dictating what I can and can’t do and two days isn’t going to hurt anything.

    So I made a promise to myself: I’m going to run again.

    No elliptical, I told myself. No treadmill. Go outside and play.

    I have to start over. The last 240 days have taken their toll. I’ve gained weight and I’ve slowed down. Whatever. It doesn’t matter. I’ve started over before and I’ll do it again, because today, Day 241, will be different.

    I’m using the Couch to 5K (C25K) app on my phone. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the app and I have to agree, it’s pretty good. It verbally signals you when to run or walk and you never have to look at the screen. It also gives you a training plan to follow for the next eight weeks. Not a bad deal for the price tag (um… ‘free’).

    Today it was rainy and cold again. Well, ‘cold’ for Houston. Which is, like, fifty degrees. I’m acclimated enough that fifty degrees and rainy almost drove me into the gym to stick with a treadmill.

    But I’m sick of being indoors.

    So I put on long pants, a jacket and (the key piece of equipment for any glasses-wearing, rainy day runner) a hat.

    At first I was cold and I dodged puddles. After I warmed up I dodged the puddles I could and splashed right through the ones I couldn’t.

    I got my fair share of strange looks from people driving by.  That’s okay.  Those that didn’t understand never would, and those that did wanted to join me.  Either way I was having a pretty damn good time.

    Today’s silver lining(s): It felt amazing to go faster than a walk. It felt amazing to be outside running again. And I felt good – really, really good – for the rest of the day.

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!

    Don’t want to leave a comment, but have something you want to share?  Send me an email at gettingthewordswrong(at)gmail(dot)com.


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