Actually, it was just this morning, but I’m a bit delirious and dehydrated.
These are the sweaty dog days of Summer, and I almost wish I was stranded on Hoth. Just as long as someone else was around to shovel the snow.
When I woke up, my back was sore and I had a bit of a tummy thing going on. I thought about skipping my morning run, but a little voice inside my head reminded me that I’d been at this for six weeks now, and a Jedi finds motivation, not excuses.
The voice in my head was eerily familiar, but I couldn’t quite place it at the time. It was enough to get me out of bed and into my Running Toga, though.
It was hot and something just wasn’t right with me. I ran a quick systems check, and none of the alarms went off, but I could definitely feel a disturbance in The Force.
It was just after 8:00AM, but already, the sun was out and powered on high.
In fact, it was so bad that I felt like I was running through the deserts of Tatooine, under that planet’s twin suns.
According to my calculations, today was the 29th day out of the last 41 that I’ve gone for a run. What made today different from all the rest, though, was that I desperately wanted to give up and quit before I’d even gone a mile.
I’m sure you’ve all had days when you just didn’t feel it. However, the last thing I wanted to do was give up and head back to The House on the Hill.
The new running program has been going so well, and I was afraid that if I quit today, it would set a precedent for days down the line.
Plus, It was my weigh in day, so I wanted to sweat off as much weight as possible before I got on the scale. I pressed forward, but I didn’t really want to do so.
Once I had turned onto Eastern Avenue, it was apparent there was no way I was going to survive 4.25 miles with the sun beating down on me like it was.
The solution was simple, but I knew it was wrong. The Dark Side was calling, and I did my best to fight the urge.
Each stride hurt a little more, though, and the Dark Side of the Street, cloaked in shade got more appealing with every step.
I was a Jedi like my father before me, but hell if I was going to survive my run if I didn’t give in to the Dark Side.
The desert sand of Tatooine was filling my sneakers and burning my feet. The twin suns were relentless, and my Jedi robe was soaked through with sweat.
On the Dark Side of the street, I was able to disappear into the shade and find some relief from the suns’ glare.
I didn’t have my blaster or lightsaber. I was armed only with was my cell phone and a bottle of water. While Dave Grohl’s voice was powerful on my Pandora app, it would not be enough to fend off the Tusken Raiders that I knew were out there, watching me from their hiding spots in the desert.
I tried to focus on the road, but I was in too much pain, there was so much sweat, and Darth Vader kept getting inside my head and beckoning me to a meeting at the Death Star.
He kept insisting that I stop to pick up salt and vinegar chicken wings, which happen to be the Emperor’s favorite, but the last thing I needed was the thought of all those calories when I was running.
Plus, the sound of Vader’s distinct breathing was messing with my own labored breathing and I was getting lightheaded.
This move to the Dark Side was not working out as planned.
Can you see the Tusken Raiders hiding behind those trees in the distance?
If I could have collapsed on that spot, I would have. But I knew that Tatooine would not be kind to my body. Sandstorms would bury me, and rescue teams would never find me.
Of course, I’m sure my body wouldn’t remain out there too long. Not with those horrible beasts tracking me and thinking of making me their dinner.
I think I talked to myself a lot, continued to ignore Vader’s demands for appetizers, and used my musky sweaty scent to keep the Tusken Raiders at bay.
I sat on my front porch for a very long time, trying to clear my head, and free my mind from the evils of the Dark Side.
I’m not sure it worked, though. I’m still very groggy and chugging water like I’m severely dehydrated. I’ve got a pounding headache and absolutely no energy.
I was, however, able to muster up just enough power to step on the scale…
I guess the moral of the story is that The Force is strong in all of us, and sometimes, we just have to push ourselves and trust it to keep us safe.
At least that’s what I think, but my mind is a little sunburned right now…