Thursday, May 31, 2012
A Day Off - The Light at The End of The Tunnel
This past holiday weekend I had the pleasure of working Friday through this past Wednesday. Six days of work over the Memorial Day weekend which for many kicks off summer and all things outdoors. Now I enjoy my job. In fact on some levels I love it, but there are times when work is work and all jobs lose their glamour. When you work six days straight and have extra work hours and activities each of those days the glamour dissipates as quickly as a drop of moisture on a hot Texas sidewalk in August.
Please don't misinterpret; I'm not complaining about work here. It was a fun stretch of days. Friday and Saturday cruised by. Sunday was brief, only seven hours logged at the shop. I even managed to squeeze in two twelve mile runs over the weekend. Fun, productive, and healthy! By Monday things were starting to catch up, but I and my great staff were now subject to the conjuring of my imagination and our store's Memorial Day Block Party. Headed down the road for a 7am arrival on Memorial Day my head was day dreaming of today, the day off. How nice it will be to do nothing... How nice it will be to do only what I put on my agenda for the day... By 8am the store was hopping. The energy was great. We had the company of great customers, vendor reps who are more like friends than business associates, and a warm but beautiful north Texas day.
Tuesday and Wednesday were like miles 18 - 24 of a marathon. Never run one? Let's just say I've never honestly felt "good" at this point in the 26 mile foot race. They weren't bad days, just days with a list of to do's that were diligently discarded upon completion, like ticking away the steps down the trail or road. You put them behind you as mindlessly as possible.
Miles 25 and 26 are the ones you just push through with desire because the end is so close you can taste it. It's like standing over the grill five minutes before the brisket gets pulled off after smoking for hours. The flavor is on your tongue and the meat hasn't even been sliced. The difference, my brisket was a social run and Newton Night. An opportunity for intrigued runners to go for a run in the innovative Newton shoes which promote forefoot running followed by a conversation with the Newton rep and some Q & A.
We left sometime around 8pm; not too bad. Onto the freeway, and up to 75mph, cruise control engaged, mind wandering... How nice a day off will be... Nothing to do... Maybe I'll clean my closet. I'll get my run in first, yes definitely run first... I have a chiro appointment, don't forget that... I said I'd start posting on my blog more. I'll put that on the list too... What will I do with nothing to do tomorrow??? Man it's nice to have a day off!
P.S. Please do not forget that Memorial Day is meant to honor and remember all who have given there lives serving in the name of freedom and our country.