Of course, that is an allegory for my situation with running. Once I stopped, it became too awkward to just sort of dabble and hold on casually. I just stopped. Stopped running, stopped blogging, stop reading about running, stop reading Runners World, stopped looking at running gear, stopped everything. Not a noble or wise decision, and I knew it, but it was the path of least resistance.
I could attribute my downfall to many factors, such as injury, work, etc. Sooooooo much has happened in the last 6-9 months it is incredible. But the bottom line is that life got in the way. It wasn't so much life problems, but let's just say life got very complicated and stressful over our housing situation. In a nutshell, we sold our place, and unexpectedly moved to a small apartment, and then had a nightmare scenario in buying a new house. But, all is well that ends well: we move into a new house next week. So, all of that stress and difficulty is behind me.
But I have written the "I am back" post, and then crashed, so I am not going to say that I am back. In fact, I just started the training regimen, and I have tried several times before and then not followed through. But never quit, right? Seize the day! The longest journey begins with a single step. Blah, blah, blah.
And I have dug myself a deep hole to get out of. All of the fitness from previous marathons: gone. Weight is way up; higher than even when my father in law challenged me to run 5 miles in 45 minutes two years ago. That's depressing and very limiting. So, for a long time, this blog won't be about splits and races and heartrates. It also won't be about dieting; I would rather not discuss diet food and the scale.
But, to keep myself in the loop, and to remind myself of the joy, the community and the ultimate true benefit of running, being fit, etc., I have decided to re-engage with the running world, check in on my bloggy friends, and to try to stay on the path. This time.
It’s all now you see. Yesterday won’t be over until tomorrow and tomorrow began ten thousand years ago. For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it’s still not yet two o’clock on that July afternoon in 1863, the brigades are in position behind the rail fence, the guns are laid and ready in the woods and the furled flags are already loosened to break out and Pickett himself with his long oiled ringlets and his hat in one hand probably and his sword in the other looking up the hill waiting for Longstreet to give the word and it’s all in the balance, it hasn’t happened yet, it hasn’t even begun yet, it not only hasn’t begun yet but there is still time for it not to begin against that position and those circumstances which made more men than Garnett and Kemper and Armistead and Wilcox look grave yet it’s going to begin, we all know that, we have come too far with too much at stake and that moment doesn’t need even a fourteen-year-old boy to think: This time. Maybe this time, with all this much to lose than all this much to gain: Pennsylvania, Maryland, the world, the golden dome of Washington itself to crown with desperate and unbelievable victory the desperate gamble, the cast made two years ago; or to anyone who ever sailed a skiff under a quilt sail, the moment in 1492 when somebody thought: This is it: the absolute edge of no return, to turn back now and make home or sail irrevocably on and either find land or plunge over the world’s roaring rim.
Faulkner, "Intruder in the Dust"