Back to reality. Monday, Monday. Honestly, one of the best things about Monday is wrapping up my weekend hijinks by way of these Weekend Update link-ups with my friend, Tara.
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My weekend wasn’t that eventful except for the fact that I reemerged as a relatively well person by Friday afternoon. If you follow me on Twitter (and if you don’t, you really should), you know that I was sick last week. Really sick. As in, wishing-there-was-a-chicken-noodle-soup-delivery-service sick. I even missed 1-1/2 days of work! That’s sick, my friend. And my kids were sick right along with me.
The snot (sorry) mostly cleared by late Friday and I was able to detect odors and breathe somewhat normally again, just in time for the weekend. I was beyond ready to become active again, having endured over a week of not running. I took it easy on Saturday morning and went on a short, flat, sub-4 mile run. How did it go? Well, let’s just say it felt a lot longer than 4 miles.
Is it possible to lose that much fitness in the span of about 10 days? The experts say “no,” so I think my fatigue has to do with the fact that I’m dealing with the lingering effects of this nasty upper-respiratory bug. I decided not to push it and didn’t run on Sunday in order to give myself an extra day to recover.
The remainder of the weekend was spent shuttling my kids places, running errands, and reading. Ah, reading! As I’ve said before, it’s the best part about being sick.
I finished Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things, a novel set in the 19th century about a privileged woman who rises beyond society’s expectations to become self-sufficient world-traveler and botanist. The book was extremely engaging and thought-provoking, albeit a little bit perplexing and disturbing at times, particularly when the protagonist, Alma Whittaker, reaches Tahiti. If you’ve read the book, you probably know what I mean. I appreciated the care with which Gilbert developed Alma’s multifaceted personality and the novel’s feminist tone, but there were parts of the book that contradicted those aspects. I highly recommend the novel, if you haven’t read it.
After finishing The Signature of All Things, I jumped right into the next book on my list, The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, which I received in this month’s Indiespensable shipment. So far, The Bone Clocks could not be more different than The Signature of All Things.
And that’s my weekend.
How was your weekend? Did you do any great runs or workouts? Did you finish or start any books? In other words, were you more active than sloth-like me?