Lately I have become very aware of the bags that people carry around the city. I know as a New Yorker, sometimes you leave your apartment in the morning and don't get home until late in the evening. You wind up carrying lots of extra things around with you simply because you don't have time to go home in between all of your engagements.
Last year I ran the Brooklyn half marathon with my husband and felt so accomplished that I took a break from running regularly for about a year. I believe that life has ebbs and flows and you can't do everything all the time. I spent more time sitting, studying, and writing and less time moving around on my feet.