Survival mode

Maybe the end of this year was always going to be like this, a time when all of the things that had been keeping me on my toes this year were going to come together in a big bang and demand attention and resolution in one way or another. Some okay. Some extremely confusing and/or difficult. Moments of high emotion are really not the best times to be making decisions. Though that emotion, and the momentum it provides, can certainly be quite persuasive and hard to resist.

Anyway, it’s kind of thrown me into an extended high-angst, high-stress, delirious survival mode. So it seems sort of fitting that one of my (very unexpected) coping mechanisms has been to start doing the Zombies, Run! 5K training program.

I started on Christmas Day – around lunchtime. It was so quiet. I don’t think I saw a single person in the streets. And certainly no one in the parkland / forest area I went to explore. It made the sound effects and scenario of the ‘mission’ I was on – particularly when running from the zombies – really quite immersive! i.e. It wasn’t dissimilar to this:

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