I ran 13.1 miles last Sunday. Again. Well...walk/run is a better description.
It was hot. For Southern California it was really hot. At 4:30am it was a humid 75 degrees. By the end of the race at 9:30am it was almost 90 degrees. Keep in mind most of the runs I do here are in the 55-70 degree range. With the increasing temps running the entire race wasn't something I had in me. I was borderline sick by the end. A mix of overheating and over hydration.
Am I glad I did it? I wouldn’t say that. I'm more glad it’s over.
So the day after the race, I decided to do something to make myself feel better. A little treat. I got a pedicure.
While I was in the chair enjoying the luxury of the moment I was struck by the fact that while I’ve had dozens of pedicures in the past, I rarely just sit and enjoy it. Most of the time I’m on my phone, reading a magazine, internally panicking about something or talking to someone. Distracting myself from what's happening. It's a tactic I use for running, which is useful in distracting from pain, but why distract myself from something I enjoy???
It made me wonder. How many people out there are really present during something that they enjoy? Better yet, how often do they take time to do something they enjoy? Something that is done to restore their mind, body or even soul. Like having a massage. Are you in the moment, or a thousand miles away in your mind?
For me, it's hard do something for the pure joy of it because I feel like I’m wasting time. When I finally I make the decision to do it, I have an even harder time staying in the moment once I'm there. You know, thinking of how I should be doing something else. Something more productive.
But productive isn't productive without breaks. We need to stop occassionally. Turn off the TV. Walk away from the computer. Just be. Do something that you enjoy. Reconnect. Relax.
A pedicure served as a nice reminder to me that staying in the moment, even for something you enjoy, is hard. It takes effort. Effort to treat yourself.
This is a scene from a great show on NBC called “Parks and Recreation” which reminds me to take time to treat yo self.