We do more before 9 am . . .

I still think people who enjoy running are sadists. This morning I went running, and, admittedly, it was the first time in a while, and, admittedly, it was very windy and therefore not prime running conditions. I wore my blue hat and my blue gloves. I had my iPod. I was ready to brave the elements.

Maybe I’m wrong here, but I do not think running should end in an asthma attack. It wasn’t the worst asthma attack of all time, but it was kind of hard to breathe. I always have this problem when I try to exercise in cold weather – I can’t breathe in cold air like that. Of course, they say that what helps is . . . exercise. So I’m not going to give up. But, just so you know, I am not going to enjoy it, no matter what all you crazy runners with your crazy runner’s high (that I still don’t believe in) say. I will not be assimilated.

It looks like we’ll be going to Florida for our regular spring break trip in March, so I’m trying to be in good shape for that. Hence the running. In addition, since I’ve been feeling kind of down the past few days, I tried to get up and be productive this morning. Before I came into work at noon, I cut Mike’s hair, went running, watched the Oscar nominations, changed the sheets on our bed, cleaned our bathtub, ironed a few things, folded some laundry, emptied the dishwasher, and went to the tax department to turn in some papers. I think I was more productive before noon than I have been since.

I had book discussion today, though, which is good reason to consider a day slightly unproductive. Our book was The Last Days of Dogtown, which we read because we all enjoyed The Red Tent. This book, though, was universally disliked. So we talked about it for only a few minutes, and then talked of other things. The group took December off, and I had really missed those women. It was nice to see them and to catch up a little bit.

Now I’m going to attempt to get some productive work done in the next couple of hours before my shift on the desk tonight. We’ll see how that goes.

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14 Comments

  1. Mike

    Wow! Thanks for all that you did this morning. You are the best!

    Posted 1/31/2006 at | Permalink
  2. Kari

    You are welcome.

    Posted 1/31/2006 at | Permalink
  3. Yeah, I get that cold-shock-asthma stuff, too. Just ask Jeff and Adriene about the GaTech Death March. 😆

    Posted 1/31/2006 at | Permalink
  4. running is awesome…give it time.

    Posted 1/31/2006 at | Permalink
  5. Kari

    I’m not drinking the Kool-Aid, Brian!

    Posted 1/31/2006 at | Permalink
  6. Aaron tried to get me to run with him once. He quit trying when I flopped onto the grass and refused to move without a stretcher. THE PAIN!!

    Posted 1/31/2006 at | Permalink
  7. Which is more painful… running or the NYC ballet?? hehehe

    Posted 1/31/2006 at | Permalink
  8. Kari

    Do not speak of it!

    Posted 1/31/2006 at | Permalink
  9. ok, did you get the itchy leg syndrome? you know when you’ve been running for a while, and your legs just start itching and tingling with pain! but if you scratch them, it just gets worse? does anyone else experience this, or am i alone in my pain?

    Posted 1/31/2006 at | Permalink
  10. Kari
  11. when I was young, I do remember the ‘runner’s high’, but it’s a misnomer, (as far as my own experience is concerned), you just reach a point where you don’t feel it anymore, and you can run and run and run. it’s actually a bit dangerous at this point, as you don’t really recognize your own body’s limitations.
    of course, that was cross-country running, and it’s been years and years an years.
    *sigh*

    Posted 1/31/2006 at | Permalink
  12. Kool Aid is good stuff!

    Posted 2/1/2006 at | Permalink
  13. I absolutely hate running in the winter, but I do it so that I enjoy running in warm weather. And I do love running when it’s warm.

    Posted 2/1/2006 at | Permalink
  14. Tonya

    I totally get the itchy burning legs – especially in winter! I even get it when mountain biking. I used to take an antihistamine, but then was ready to doze off before I even got on the bike. If anyone has a good suggestion for helping the itchy legs I’m all ears!!
    Thanks

    Posted 2/24/2006 at | Permalink

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