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This past week I've been reminded why it's good to have a (wide) variety of interests.  That way when one thing isn't quite cooperating, you can put all of your energy into another thing. 

Case in point:  I've been having a quite delightful time starting to trail run again.  I've been slowly building up, and have gotten to the point where 25 minutes on the Mountain to Sea trail is easy peasy (well, as easy as single track with steep climbs can be... so let's just say enjoyable, if not easy.) 

But then last Saturday I did the classic trail runner ankle turn... complete with the POP, and the hopping on the other foot while yelling obscenities, and then the sulky shuffle home to put ice on it while it blows up.  And so, I've been a little slowed down for the past several days.  

Instead, I've just been knitting and crocheting.  Which has been awesome!  And definitely better for my ankle than either (a) soldiering on as if I had no issue at all, which would insure the issue lingered for the long haul, or (b)  stewing in a mini-tantrum over my inability to exercise.  (How do I know those are the two other main options?  Because I've done both.  Sigh.) 

So today it occurred to me that not only am I not behaving like a toddler, but I also have a ton of knitting and crochet to show for it.  Which is 100% the reward of having a few different things to put energy into.  It might have taken me a few decades to fully figure this out, but better late than never, right?

  • Sumner Smith
  • liferunning