Fit Friday: My Normal

Over the last couple of days my wife and I were thrown a bit of a curve ball when my son was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital. For us it was something we have never experienced in our short stint as parents. Our 15 month old has had his fair share of falls, tumbles, scrapes, which we have been able to help by putting a cold back, some ointment or whatever else makes him feel better just to see him running around again five minutes later. This time was different, we couldn’t do anything but just watch doctors give him treatment and comfort him as much as we could. However, with all the comfort we could provide it didn’t make what is making him sick go away. This is the toughest thing to deal with for me as I want to do something to make him feel better and get him out of the hospital.

Over the last couple of days, I have resorted to running a couple of miles when I go home to feed the dogs and let them out, to get a little bit or normal back in my life. Outside of feeding the dogs, our lives have been placed in a room at the hospital. Previous to these last couple of days, running was a form of exercise and a sport. During these last couple of days, running has given me some sense of normal, where I get to escape, pray, meditate and continue to keep my faith that everything will be fine and I will be able to get my son back into the baby jogger soon.

My son can’t have his dogs in his room, so we bought this for the mean time

I know many of you have used running as more than just for exercise. What else does running provide for you?

2 Comments on “Fit Friday: My Normal

  1. Christopher, I am so sorry to hear about your son and will keep him in my thoughts and prayers. I can't imagine what it must feel like to be unable to do anything for him.
    Hospitals need a 'dogs allowed' wing! When I was admitted back in May for a few days, I missed my dog like crazy.

    For me running is my freedom and my time to be with myself. It's how I express myself, how I express living and being in the moment. Sure, it keeps me fit and I do the odd race here and there, but at the end of the day it really is that one thing that just makes sense in a world where a lot just doesn't, or things get a bit overwhelming or out of control. I think you put it perfectly that running is our sense of normalcy.


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