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O To Live the Life of a Cat

I like to watch my cat. What a sweet life he has, he sleeps, wakes up, eats, plays outside, poops, eats again and then goes back to sleep. Sometimes he skips the playing and just goes right back to the sleeping. He sits here without a worry in the world (what would he have to worry about?)…if he wants to play he plays, but if he does not want to be bothered, he finds a cozy spot on the bed and goes into his sleep mode. I sometimes try to imitate him, you know, take a ‘cat nap’ as they call them. Doesn’t work for me. I need a minimum of 30 minutes to actually ‘fall asleep’, and even then if it is during the day I have to be pretty tired. I have been feeling ‘under the weather’ literally (weather changes in Austing bring on allergy symptoms, just make me feel like I have a cold) and still, I tried to take a cat nap to no avail. Guess I’ll leave that up to him.

I updated my website a bit, saying, this week has brought about some changes for me. Well, I guess technically I have brought about the changes, but nonetheless…I am transitioning in my life a bit right now. Which is good, comfort is nice but change is what makes us grow. It is an odd time to be doing so, with a pretty big competition just right around the corner (the Austin Marathon) but I was feeling antsy enough that I think the time had come. I think that it will be good for me. My worst enemy is boredom, and having lost a job back in January, I have had too much time on my hands lately. In January I kept busy with a lot more running (higher volume) and Bikram Yoga classes (which expired, sadly enough, I feel great when I am doing them). However now it is time to ‘taper’ (and I am so bad at that…) and well, transition. So, I have found I have had much too much time on my hands. That being said, I guess I cannot lead the life of my cat as I so think I desire to do…I am much better at living the life of a busy, active person. Speaking of being active, the marathon is just around the corner. I cannot say I am feeling great, because…I am not. However, I have a theory on this…I think that sometimes during a taper, our bodies feel sluggish and tired because they are telling us “Do not work me too hard right now!”. I did a track workout this AM (800-600-400 3x) and I actually had to laugh at the times I did the first round. They were so off! But, that is OK…my body is telling me not to over-do it. And to be honest, like anything else in life, you do the workout (activity), put in your best and you move on. While I am looking ahead to next weekend in the small bits and pieces of planning and preparing, I am also getting exctied to go and challenge myself and my body in a way I have not done before. It will be fun, exciting, and I imagine, painful. But I think that I thrive on this or I would not keep coming back for more!

Ya’ll have a nice weekend. Stop and smell the roses,…watch a cat. And try to imitate him. Just for awhile. You may learn something…and if you don’t, I am sure you’ll slow down a bit. Which isn’t a bad thing.

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