I felt like a caged animal – like the lion that you see pacing back and forth in the cage. I nerves were frayed and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to cry or scream. It did a bit of each in between the last minute errands and various activities of the day.
By the time YaYa’s soccer game ended, I had decided to just go to BoBo’s football practice and run there. But when I arrived I could see that if I was out running on the track, I’d be obstructing the view of the many parents who were there to watch the boys scrimmaging. I settled into the bleachers too, with camera in hand and took a few photos.
I would not be content missing my run today. After the week of jury selection, and virtually no exercise on Friday, I was going batty. I had to find a way to run. But I did not know when it would be.
A couple hours later, as I was driving DD home from the airport, I got the idea. Can I use you? Will you stay home with the kids while I get a run in? Without hesitation, DD agreed. So I changed my clothes quickly and was on my way.
The first of the birthday party guests should not have arrived until “AFTER” 3 pm. That was what the invitation said. I knew how YaYa was, though and anticipated that he could arrive sooner. I made my run a quick one. I ran 5 miles at just over 8 min/mile pace.
It’s funny what happens when you finally let the caged animal out for a bit. I feel more human now and less like an animal. And it’s a good thing because there are 4 wild, screaming boys running through the house and tackling each other in the tent in the backyard.