I just finished a marathon.
My legs are rubbery, and I’m exhausted.
My back is sore, my head aches slightly, and I need to move around to loosen up the stiffness that is forming in my joints.
Perhaps having greater impact, is the emotional path I followed, on the way.
Moments of unexpected laughter… moments when emotions welled up from nowhere… moments of quiet reflection.
I know there were times when I drifted… my thoughts a million miles away… taken there under the influence of something I had seen or heard.
We have all taken quick trips, and for 20 or so minutes, we venture into a different world.
This time, I dove in, and for six hours I travelled, toiling down roads I dared not travel before… each step taking me further along the way, and every picture that flies by, gives me another chapter, a deeper insight into the sights that are now becoming familiar.
Rarely have I come so far, so quickly, and, exhilarated, I know I shall do it again.
This must be the Runner’s high.
However, I know there has been some cost.
I have missed hours of conversation with my sweetie, and my cats are looking at me as if they do not know who I am.
Yet, I am compelled to continue.
Motoring on, as only an automaton can, I feel no pain and will not stop for any reason.
In the words of Simon & Garfunkel… I am a rock. I am an island.
My fluid intake has been substantial, but with my focus intense on my goal, I was blissfully unaware of my need to pee.
My food intake has similarly been substantial, largely consisting of salty and sweet carbohydrate-loaded morsels.
Bowls and bowls of morsels.
Focused on my task, I have remained unaware of my environment, and am only now becoming aware that the sun has set.
I have come full circle, and yet because of the ordeal, have some dis-orientation.
Not dizziness… just a re-acquiring of complete control over my faculties as I depart the world I have been intensely withdrawn in, and acquaint myself again with the real world at hand.
I have come a long, long way today.
Tomorrow, I will do it all again.
Having completed The Big Bang Theory marathon, our nieces have loaned us their copies of the first three seasons of How I Met Your Mother.
Love watching a complete series all at one sitting… it’s awesome !!!