I did a short 4-mile run yesterday on my own and I wanted to try out my new hydration pack. This turned out to be a bad idea. As soon as I started my run, the pack began to bounce up and down on my back. I soon realized that the strap in the front was too big, so I tied it in a knot. This helped somewhat, but as I continued running the straps commenced to irritate my shoulders. Before long I could feel one strap scratching against the side of my neck. This resulted in an abrasion on my neck that began to burn as my sweaty salt started
dripping pouring onto the wound. I tried hanging the strap off of my shoulder, but it would work its way back. I finally gave up and turned around to run back to my car…and that is how I ended up with a short run on my long run day. Ughhh!
The afternoon was much better. I went to a colleague’s house and taught a water aerobics class in her pool. I had a great time. We did noodle work and water weights. I left there with a quote from her mother (a vivacious woman with a fluffy blue feather in her hair who loves life, adventure, and travel) Her philosophy: “Don’t clean your house. Go play!” If you have a choice, don’t miss out on an escapade or a chance to play with your kids. The house cleaning can wait, but life is too short to miss out on the journey.
Later in the evening I met a friend for dinner. I think we both needed the diversion from everyday life. I am so thankful for that escape (and the tuna sashimi). We talked, laughed, and brainstormed. We came up with some remarkable community ideas…more to ponder and another list. Hmmmm…