- I have a cold sore. I can't remember having one like this before and I'll spare you of the details. In general cold sores tend to emerge when people's health or resistance has been depleted a little. Also referred to as "burning the candle at both ends".
- I have a painful hand; though this might seem a bit weird. In January 2011 I managed to injure my left hand - I fell over while I was running. Click here for a blog post at the time. No broken bones but more likely nerve damage according to the Doctor. He said at the time it would take about a year to heal completely which ran true to form. The crazy thing is that it's flared up now - there's no further injury or anything to aggravate it - it's just flared up and it's never done that before. So that is another reason for knowing I'm "run down".
- Few last minute things just done at work as I finish for the Christmas break. This time I have annual leave booked until 6th January so a decent break. Yesterday was my last day and I finished at 2.00pm (please no cheeky comments about public sector workers knocking off early - we work blooming' hard in ways most people will never know about). I can tell you it felt good as I had my last 1:1 meeting with my manager, gave the Chief my Christmas greetings, watered my desk plant and set my 'out of office' and got out of the building as fast as anything. This is all a sign that I need to get away from work and forget about it for a couple of weeks.
- I am missing seeing daylight. I drive to work when it's dark or just getting light and drive home in the dark. I hate this; I need some daylight. No, before you say it I don't need one of those SAD lights - I just need to be outside and feel the wind on my face and feel ALIVE!
Last year I ran over the Christmas break each day - and absolutely loved it. This year I shall try and cycle instead, with the odd run thrown in. I need to do this. Why? Glad you asked:
- Dealing with the stress of work. Having a decent run for an hour is such a wonderful way of dealing with those things. If you are a runner you'll know this. Probably the effect of the Runner's High and a chance to get out into some daylight and fresh air. Plus the challenge of some hills. Wonderful, simply wonderful.
- Yep, cycling. As much as I love running, I am going to spend more time on the bike for the next six months as I train for the Coast to Coast in a Day event in June 2014. Heck that's not far away now and there's lots of training to do. Because of that you might see more of me blogging on The Cycle Hub.
- I can tell you, drifting around at home, moping a bit is not good for me. I get frustrated and need to get on and do something whether its us as a family or going for a blast on my own.
- There are times when doing absolutely nothing is okay - that was the case yesterday evening. A nice meal and watched two folios on TV. That was then and now I need to get moving, as physically I don't want to get sucked into all those coughs and colds. Having a cold sore is bad enough. I just need to get moving!