Running is a gift I give myself, and today was no different. I headed out for a wonderful run of just over seven kilometers. But, today wasn’t just about running. It was about Mr. Neon and Baby Neon – especially Baby.
We didn’t have a great night, last night. Baby Neon is getting her right lower molar (the left broke though around ten days ago), and she was also very ill last night – lots of baby vomiting, we think from eating a section of rotten banana. Thankfully (as Mr. Neon and I did not get very much sleep!) within two hours of getting up, she was ready for another sleep and the three of us had a Christmas day family nap – bliss!
And, now for that Christmas tradition – the ‘check out what I got!:
From Mr. Neon I got a ‘RUN WEST’ Nike T-shirt which is awesome. From Mr. Neon and Baby Neon I got Scott Jurek’s book ‘Eat and Run’ and Simon Price’s ‘Religions of the Ancient Greeks.’ I also got Ian Morris’ ‘Death-Ritual and Social Structure’ and Rush Rehm’s ‘Marriage to Death.’ So – one running book and three PhD books… HOORAY! I also got some new running pants, a bunch of new running socks, some pajamas, some eye-shadow.
More importantly Baby Neon LOVES what we got her – a LeapTop. It’s like a baby laptop, and she’s been playing with it all day. Her other top presents are a doll from Grandma and Grandpa (Mr. Neon’s mum and dad) and some wooden puzzles from Nana and Pa (my mum and dad).
But, by far the best gift I gave myself was to get out and train. Forty-five minutes of my Christmas day that was just for me, doing something I love. Running is a gift.