When life is too much, roll with it, baby
Don’t stop and lose your touch, oh no, baby – Steve Winwood
Mr. Winwood released Roll With It the year I graduated from college. And 24 years later I am here to tell you that I did just that – I rolled with it. Yesterday afternoon I came home to find a puddle in front of my freezer in my kitchen. At first glance I thought I had left the freezer door ajar, so I threw out what was thawed and ruined, turned the temperate on high and made sure the door was shut. Odd thing though – the refrigerator side was also feeling a not as cool as it should. Playing it safe, I took my dairy and perishables out and put them in my back up refrigerator in the garage. A must for anyone – it comes in handy for more than storing extra beer and wine. This morning I awoke to find more puddles and a room temperature refrigerator/freezer. Well, it is 10 years old and my research shows that most last 8 to 14 years. I emptied it out and tossed the food out so it wouldn’t smell. Not the best pre-long run preparation…
By the time I headed out to run it was 9:30 – an hour and a half later than I had hoped. My scheduled distance was 14, I knew it was going to be tough. I had to be back by noon to get ready to visit my family. Today was beautiful – but hot – not a cloud in the sky and already in the 70’s when I started my run. I am developing a theory that heat increases the steepness of hills. Because the hills I run regularly seemed bigger today. I kept a good pace for my “easy” run and planned to loop back by my home between 7 to 10 miles to refill my sports drink. I made it back at mile 9 and decided to run on my flat treadmill in my cool basement for the remainder of my run. In the end I ran 12.5 miles. Time was running out. As I wrote my trainer today, if I had more time and was running on the flat towpath it would have been a fine run. I was still pleased with my pace today considering the conditions – 13:15. My easy run pace has been between 12:30 and 13:30 since I started targeting my zone 2 heart rate.
So what was so important that I had to finish early to visit my family? Today we celebrated my father’s 92nd birthday. His actual birthday is on Wednesday, but today was the best day for everyone to get together. When he was born refrigerators were “ice boxes” and powered by ice more often than electricity. To still have it in him to get around and celebrate his birthday with family is a celebration well worth missing the last mile and a half of my run.
On my way home I stopped at the appliance store and my new refrigerator will be delivered on Tuesday. So much has happened this weekend, rolling with it is about all I am able to do. Fretting over locking a key in my car, dealing with a dead refrigerator, and cramming in two long workouts won’t do me a bit of good. If anything it would rob me of my pleasures, like the quality time with family. And after all, spending time with family, friends and loved ones is the best way to pass time. Fortunately through out my trials this weekend I had several opportunities to “roll with it” in great company.