I’m less than mile in, on a planned five-miler. It’s not good. The worm flips the stomach over, and over, and over. Nausea. This will pass, don’t stop, run through it.
It doesn’t pass.
Bile backs up the throat, coats the molars and scurries forward. The gag reflex is triggered. I hunch over, hands clutch the knee caps. OMG.
I stand upright, soldier-like, arms and hands hang. Eyes shut, tears slide down both cheeks, I make no effort to clear. I need this moment. Just a moment to re-grip.
I grab the water bottle, gargle, and spew. Most clears, too much does not. A thick stream runs down the zipper line of the coat. Puking, on yourself, nice.
I re-start. The north wind gusts and makes contact, tear ducts gush water, the track in front is a blur. Whoa. Easy does it.
The mind whirs, trying to latch onto a thread. Alcohol? Not a scent, in months. Food poisoning? Unlikely. Holiday sugar intake, cookies, brownies, chocolates by the handfuls – highly deserving of body rejection here. Up 5 pounds in less than 10 days in holiday over indulgence, more deserving shock treatment here. Something more serious? Naaaaa.
I’m half-way through an NPR interview with Bruce Springsteen when he’s asked about whether his condition was due to being a year and half off the road. He pauses for several moments: “Mm-hmm.” And then replies: “I tend to be not my own best company. I can get a little lost when – if I don’t have my work to occasionally focus me.”
Week 2.0 of Holiday. I can get a little lost when…I don’t have my work to focus me…
- Inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s interview on NPR’s Fresh Air: (Laughter) You know, but – you know, people see you on stage and yeah, I’d want to be that guy. I want to be that guy myself very often. You know, I get plenty – I have plenty of days where I go, man, I wish I could be that guy. And….You know, it’s not quite – there’s a big difference between what you see on stage and then my general daily – (laughter) my daily existence.
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