After spending the morning dealing with various computer-related account issues, on my own site as well as for a couple of new interns, I realized something: I am looking forward to my evening run tonight, more so than I'd ever thought possible.
I'm not going to use the word frustrated, because it isn't really that. It is more just distracted. Teaching while working and solving other problems has required an enormous amount of concentration, and by the end of the day I am pretty much spent. Last week I was itching to exercise every single night when I got home. I think it was mostly to just blow off some steam, to relieve some of the stress of the day. I worked out six of the last eight days, and I am itching to get out of work and go run a bunch more tonight.
Susan sent me a quote yesterday that she thought I might like, and she was right:
“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” - John Bingham (from Runner's World Magazine)
I think after my realization today (that I actually look forward to going out each night) and letting that quote sink in a little . . . I actually feel like I am a runner now.