R & R is a necessary part of growth and change. Setting aside today and Sunday (and, possibly, Monday) as a respite from all my efforts is giving my body time to heal the small wounds from training, and my mind the break it's needed from constantly thinking about the day's progress and what comes next.
It's also given me a little time to appreciate the improvements in my health. With my doctor pulling me off my diabetes meds and beginning the process of reducing my meds for hypertension, I'm realizing a dream I've had for quite a long time. I'm not going to be sad or angry with myself for not doing this a long time ago. What's the point of that? But I do know now that this has been in my power the entire time. I feel a bit like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.
So, once rested, I'm back in the fray. The running is hard work and I rather enjoy it but running in the Turkey Trot 5K at Thanksgiving is just a symbol of my effort to improve my health. It's not my life's goal. It's a tool, a process for achieving that state of good health and I thank God for the ability to be able, still, to engage in activity that makes that process much faster than, say, chair aerobics. I'll continue doing whatever I'm able to in order to stay in good health.
And if I don't, I give you permission to call me out on my commitment.