Saturday, July 02, 2011

Moon Setting

I am meeting my running club at 5:15 this morning. We slow folk like to go out for an hour before the fasties come - so we aren't out in the mid-day heat when we are doing long miles. I am on schedule for 14 miles today - I will see how I feel in the first four and make a decision from there. But I am thrilled to be awake in the silent darkness, putting on my lotions, potions, contact lenses, generously lathering my feet with non-petroleum jelly before slipping those greasy feet into socks and shoes. And since it is now summer, I can no longer hide beneath layers of clothing... back into the skirts and singlets... regardless of how I feel about that.

When I was a young woman, and more physically suited to this active life, I was not interested. At 4:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings, I would still be sitting in the bar. I would drive home as the sun came up, after the bar closed. In Chicago, the bars didn't close until 5 a.m. on the weekends, and I made full use of that time! If I made some miscalculation of drink or food combinations and ended up vomiting, I would count that as a plus - I would lose weight!

It is amazing what God can do! It seems hardly possible that I am the same woman who sat in the bars until the sun rose, but oh, I do remember! God help me if I should forget.

I am an alcoholic, sober by the Grace of God - today.

5 comments:

dAAve said...

Pace yourself.
Go forward slowly.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

I hope your run is awesome, I know you go with God :)

Pammie said...

I'm so grateful that there is plenty of Grace to go around!

Steve E said...

Run with the wind at your back!

Your 'Chicago' bar scenes remind me of song "Sophisticated Lady". Thankfully, your life took that turn at the "turning point"...Hers did not.

Syd said...

Already did my hour today. Then a nap, anfd back to another hour this evening when it is cooler. Have a good run Nd day.