I was so full of joy at recapturing my youth and athleticism back in August, but the cold of December has dampened that joy quite handily. Losing my dog, my Dad's heart attack & surgery, tripping over the new puppy and tearing cartilage in my knee all wove together to stop me in my tracks. Now I have had the flu for 8 days and probably can't go home for Christmas. I don't want to take the chance of my Dad getting sick as he is still recovering. Probably just as well since I can't resist my Mom's cooking & baking!!
I think the wise choice will be to let go of my goal of running the half marathon by my Birthday, and focusing on the Vancouver half May 2, 2010. I hate to say it but I just won't be in good enough shape in two months to make it feasible. DAMN! But I am not abandoning my running or healthy eating goals...I have just taken a sizeable detour for the last 2 1/2 months. While the chocolate and other goodies did taste really good...the weight gain is something I can't tolerate anymore.