Full Days and a Good Run

My days are nearly completely filled now. Sometimes it takes all my strength and will power to stick to the plan and do what I need to do.

I’m commuting to Oakland now that the office has moved. And it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, but it really is. It takes extra time and energy and being away from the center of a big city during the day is disappointing. But it is life at the moment, so I’m accepting it for now.

Much of my extra time has been spent studying for my NASM personal trainer’s exam. I’ve taken the practice exam a couple times and did well, so I’ll take the final this weekend. Then I’ll be ready to take the CPT exam in July. I need to pass both of those. And I will.

Most of the rest of the time when I’m not sleeping is spent running or going to the YMCA, or planning my runs or workouts. I have two half marathons this summer and a full marathon in December. I love running so much, more than anything else I do in my whole life. Nothing else brings me the joy of the feeling I get when I’m cruising on a great run.

Such as tonight. I ran 4 miles through Golden Gate Park. It was a lovely night. I took some side paths, dirt paths and main roads. I crissed-crossed and looped around. I had no course set before I left home, I just knew I wanted to run 4 miles. It was magnificent.

At the end of the run, Credence Clearwater Revival started playing “Run Through the Jungle” and I ran across a raccoon feasting on some breadcrumbs left out for the ducks at a small pond. It couldn’t have cared less if I was there. Being a Big City Raccoon, it was used to people and had no fear of us, there was dinner to eat!

Raccoon in GGP

My life right now is filled with pressure, stress; there are lots of problems and things to worry about. But I’m going to try my best to quiet down the worries. I know being hard on myself isn’t going to solve anything. But maybe a good run will help, if only for the moment….

Cheers!

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