Doubling back

A few lingering issues remained today as I slowly get things ready for the trip to Duluth for Grandma’s Marathon.

Most importantly, I’ve had some pain in my back and neck, even after an aggressive and very complete adjustment by the chiropractor on Monday. Luckily, I was able to get in this morning for another adjustment.

And I’m glad I did.

In simplest terms, back problems caused some breathing issues, which I think has been the main source of my struggles the past couple weeks. It was priority No. 1 today. And some continuing hip problems raised some concerns, but I simply don’t know that I’ll be 100 percent Saturday.

Now, the bags are packed, the cooler stocked and I finished some last-minute errands. It’s time to go.

For the past several days, the race has never been far from my thoughts. Normally, I’m pretty good about shutting down the mind. Quite honestly, I don’t want to think about the race: I’ve done the work, and I just want to go out and run the race. The waiting has been the difficult part.

It will be better once I get on the road and head to Walker, where I’ll read a good book, grab a meal at Benson’s, and ease into the evening. Tomorrow morning, I’ll rise early for a quick workout before driving to Duluth. It’s a terrific drive, and I’m looking forward to letting my mind simply wander.

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