Winter is Coming.


Nah, just kidding. It’s at least 95 degrees outside every time I’m running now, but on the bright side my body has seemed to adapt to the unrelenting heat. I try to chug a bottle of water 30 minutes before I go out and I run with my running belt with a water bottle attached to it. Running in Florida in July is actually doable. Who would’ve guessed?

“Winter is Coming” is actually in reference to my newest obsession: Game of Thrones. It’s a brutal, fascinating HBO show based on the fantasy “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of books by George R.R. Martin. I happened upon the first episode on iTunes and was hooked. Now I’ve ordered the books and the DVD set and can’t wait to delve into them more. This isn’t normally my type of thing in the sense that there are no happy endings: getting emotionally attached to a character is not the best idea because your heart will be broken. But the storytelling? It’s amazing.

How does this relate to running? Well, someone suggested that I start listening to podcasts to entertain myself when I’m out on the road and it was a great idea! I’m a little overwhelmed by the choices out there but I’ve settled on 2 for now: “Stuff You Missed in History Class” and “The Night’s Watch”. The latter is basically an hour recap of each episode by 2 very entertaining guys. Imagine 2 stoners sitting on the couch and recapping a show while intermittently adding very thoughtful, provacative questions about the content. Good stuff!

At any rate, Winter is Coming for me. And I’m nervous. I’ve been having severe issues with abdominal pain for the past 2 months and was diagnosed with gallbladder stones and inflammation. I go in Friday morning for surgery to remove it. If all goes well, I’ll be sent home the same day and out of work for 2 weeks for recovery. While I’m thankful that I’ll be getting some relief from the pain, I’m nervous about what this will do to new, healthier self I’ve been working on for the past 3 months. I’m in a good place right now: I actually enjoy working out, it’s not just another chore to check off my list. I feel more fulfilled, energetic and happy when I hit the pavement. My body feels so much better since I’ve been eating healthy and losing weight. I’m headed in the right direction.

But there’s this little nagging voice in the back of my head telling me that I’m going to slack off after surgery and that I won’t be able to get back on my feet after it’s over with. I’m so afraid of quitting. I’m doing a good thing for me: why am I so worried I’m going to screw it up? Why am I so hard on myself? Why are we all such self-doubters?

Anyway, Winter may be coming but I’m determined that there’s still a whole lot of Summer left to run through before I get there. Here’s to forward progress and not giving up.


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