Thursday, March 8, 2012

Always onward and upward

Feeling like this a tad lately...

Monday in the early morning hours I woke up with some extreme stomach pains that brought on a rather violent bout of the flu several hours later. Maybe I jinxed myself several weeks ago when I very proudly declared:

"I haven't had the flu since 2003, I think that I have an iron-clad immune system."

Well played universe...well played.

My bum has been glued to the couch for most of the week, even on those beautiful 60+ degree days that hit the Chicagoland area earlier in the week. If you want to really torture a runner, infect them with the flu in the late days of winter when the weather decides to play nice leaving them housebound and motionless for several days.

When life becomes frazzled and we are beginning to feel like we are stretched to the max, losing focus and lacking direction, our situations can have a funny way of slowing us down. Sadly my slow down came in the form of a nasty germ infestation that inhabited my body wreaking havoc for a few days before moving on to it's next equally as unsuspecting victim. While my stomach is still in knots, I have little to no energy, and my head is throbbing, I actually appreciate the little time out that it gave me this week.

Taking in the quite stillness of my home was just what my soul needed and became a time to work out some thoughts regarding my life's direction and deeply rooted desires which I've been putting on hold while chasing down what I thought was my destiny. Funny how what you wanted 6 months ago may not be what you want when that time rolls on through.

I can feel changes creeping around the bend once again where new inspirations have taken my heart hostage with calming feelings of the future adventures that may lay ahead.

Onward and upward as once again the seasons change...


  1. Ugh. So sorry you've been sick, but what a good outlook! Working out your thoughts is sometimes better than working out your body. : ) Hope you feel better soon.

  2. Hope you get to feeling back to your iron clad self again soon! I don't get sick that often either and when I do it really kicks my butt!

  3. It's been so long since I've had the flu that I can only imagine how horrible you must be feeling. I hope you feel better soon!

  4. The flu has infested us as well. I call it the 12 year flu, that's how long it's been for me. Yowza it sucks but I'm on the upswing and hope you are too.

  5. Wicked sickness - bummer. Glad to see you were able to knock out a solid 8.5 today though! Hope you feel back to 100% soon!

  6. I love that quote! I hope you feel better real soon!! I lived in Chicago for about 20 years. I miss it something fierce! I so totally know what you mean about wanting to get out when the weather finally turns nice there!

  7. I really love your blog and this post came at a perfect time for me! I woke up in the middle of the night Tuesday with the stomach bug and have been so sad that I just have to lay around until I get my strength back. The weather in Pittsburgh is great, too, and I failed to run more than 1 mile today because I was so weak! BOO!

  8. I don't comment very often but I really do enjoy your blog. (And following you on twitter too!) I'm so sorry you were so sick. I hope you feel refreshed and back to yourself very soon. I have not heard that Elizabeth Edwards quote yet but I love it!

  9. I hope you feel better soon! I have never had the flu or the flu shot so I have been lucky. Knock on Wood!

    1. You've never had the flu?!?! Consider yourself extremely blessed, you're not missing out on anything.

  10. I hope you're back to your strong self now. Being sick really sucks- try emergen c, I haven't been sick in a while and I'll attribute it to taking that...

    Feel better!