Even a wonderful vacation can have a few clouds. All day clouds have lingered and it has rained lightly off and on. Despite what my fellow blogger Iowatribob may be hoping, I still had a fabulous day. The scenery here is so beautiful, gray skies do not seem to interfere with autumn foliage. My day started with a very easy run for 30 minutes staying in zone two. I am winding down with the half marathon this Saturday. Since today is my last full day here, I spent as much time as possible taking in the relaxing atmosphere. I considered a yoga class, but I haven’t been to one in quite a while. The last thing I need is to stretch the wrong way and cause an injury this week. Instead, after my run I headed to the outdoor hot tub watching the steam rise in the cool morning air and let the warm bubbly water surround me. Feeling loose and relaxed I grabbed my Kindle and read in a screened in porch until lunch time.
This afternoon I saved my favorite spa treatment for last. I had an hour and a half massage. It has been a good six months since I have had a massage and I was concerned my muscles would rebel. To the contrary, my completely relaxed state while I have been here has spread from my mind throughout my body. My back usually harbors all of my tension, so when the massotherapist said she could work my muscles well I was surprised. Really only my legs had the most tightness. Considering all of the running I have done, that is expected.
With rain falling right now, I am not outside by the fire pit writing. I am, however, in the hearth room sitting by the fireplace. This really is a wonderful resort, so many nooks to escape to read, relax, contemplate. In such a busy, hurried world, taking time out to rest and rejuvenate is quite fulfilling. It is a sad commentary that it took driving six and a half hours away from home to find a place to relax. Escaping the stress sometimes helps put things in to perspective – what really matters, what is not worth fretting over – I gain better focus from a distance. Tomorrow I head home, but first I am taking a little detour to check out a bike course in Syracuse. More on that tomorrow. In the mean time I will enjoy the remainder of today with a gourmet meal. Another benefit of vacation, I don’t have to cook. Yes, a fine day despite a little rain.