It is after 9:00 PM as I sit here still sweaty from my gym session, looking around the apartment wondering what to pack. I leave for the airport tomorrow at the crack of dawn and I still have laundry to do. Procrastinate? Me? Never.
I love running for so many reasons I can hardly list them all. I love that running is incredibly versatile and accessible. While I can't pack an elliptical in my suitcase or dumbbells in my carry-on I certainly can throw a pair of running shoes in my bag and still make it through security.
Tomorrow, I will arrive in Chicago for the first time since I moved to California 8 months ago. I will be greeted by the somewhat crazy, exceptionally lively bunch that is my family. I will willingly cram a ton of family time into just a few days. As fun as this will be, it will also be tiring as I make my way from the suburbs to the city and all the way out to the rural town in which my mom resides.
Depending on where I decide to run I will either admire beautiful cows grazing in the tall grass or traipse along Lake Michigan marveling in Chicago’s architecture. Either way I will satisfy my urge to run. That little bit of quiet reflection and peace will do me good and give me the energy needed for a weekend packed with family parties.
While I miss Chicago’s energy, culture and urban beauty I don’t think I will soon forget why I moved here. Just last night I had the most gratifying run on the trails outside of my home. I wove up and around the canyon with delight feeling like everything was right in my life. Because it is.
I live a pretty effortless life these days. I work, run, practice yoga, cook, read and sleep. I don’t chase after cabs or buses anymore and I am certainly never in a rush to get anywhere. After all, this is California. Nobody is ever in a rush. I have become spoiled with an uncomplicated existence here and I expect to feel worn out after this activity-packed weekend.
Now it is close to 10:00 PM and I still have not packed my suitcase. I am not stressed or crazed like I would have once been. I am in no rush anymore. In the end, as long as I remember my running shoes I will be just fine.
Happy running & have a safe holiday weekend everyone!