Today I ran with Paul, Suzanna, and Florencia at Sugarloaf, a park near my home. We ran for 3 hours and the weather was crisp and clear. It was fun to socialize with our "Marin County" friends again. Since our big run last Saturday, I have been dealing with an injury that I think is in my quad. It is felt in my quad just above my left knee and goes to the inside and down just below my knee. It hurts the most when I walk or when I run flat. I have been taking advil and icing it. The gym has been my best friend this last week.
I don't know about you, but I am a HUMBUG when it comes to Christmas. I was thinking about Christmas today. How did we get from celebrating Jesus's Birthday to buying everyone and their brother a gift? Whether you want to or not? It's just crazy, this rat race we call Christmas.
Tomorrow my brother and I are running together. He has made a commitment to get in shape and he is seeing progress. He and I use to run together years ago and we had so much fun together. I always knew he would get the running bug back.
I end this writing with the words of the late George Sheehan, M.D.--physician, writer, thinker, inspirational voice, runner.
There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life. But mostly, I run because I am an animal and a child, and artist and a saint. So, too, are you. Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be.
No matter how old I get, the race remains one of life's most rewarding experiences. My times become slower and slower, but the experience of the race is unchanged: each race a drama, each race a challenge, each race stretching me in one way or another and each race telling me more about myself and others.
In facing life, no one knows exactly what is going to happen, what is going to be needed, where the search for the Grail will lead. The best we can do is be prepared. Running makes you an athlete in all areas-trained in basics, ready for whatever comes, ready to live each day, fill each hour and deal with the decisive moment.
Finally, and appropriately:
You must listen to your body. Run through annoyance but not through pain.