5K Challenge: Good Intentions
I’ve been bad. Terrible, really. I’ve had good intentions, but the reality of the busiest work month of the year, travel and a sick baby have piled up against me. It’s been more than a week since I ran — and that run was put off two days.
I see my runs as at least a 45-minute commitment, and it really has been tough to get those 45 minutes. Not impossible, mind you, but difficult. For a living, I write about baseball. That means come October, things ramp up, even though there are fewer games. It also means time on the road. I’m writing this in the San Francisco Airport as I await to go to St. Louis and possibly come back here later in the week.
Being on the road is enjoyable and affords you certain opportunities. And when you’re the parent of a 10-month old, that includes — and is highlighted by — sleeping in. Yes, I did that one day, and the other day I nursed the mother of all hangovers. For baseball writers, this is a lot like spring break. You get to be around your friends that you don’t see all the time, and you’re with a large group of them. That means going out — and when you work until midnight or so (thank goodness for Pacific time), that means a beer or two. Or three. And a shot of tequila — or five.
So, despite my good intentions to at least use the hotel gym, instead I enjoyed a dark room, soft bed and a raging headache.
When I get home, I know things may not be much easier, but finding that time for myself is imperative, I know this. I really do.
I was/am really looking forward to running in a new city (if you can really call what i do “running”). Even though I packed my running gear, I didn’t get to use it in my two days or so in San Francisco. While I’m sure there are plenty of great places to run here — I saw some of them — my hotel was in a busy part of the city and probably not conducive to running.
St. Louis, though, I’m sure I’ll do a little better, I think. I know the area is pretty much a wasteland, which should help, too.
All that said, my last run was the biggest challenge yet. If you’d read earlier installments, I’d started with one minutes of running with one minute of walking, then it was upped to 1:30 running with 1:30 walking increments. This last run was a 1:30 run, followed by a walking period and then a three-minute run and a walking period, that was then repeated. I honestly didn’t know how I was going to do it, and because I’d had a setback in my training, I seriously considered backtracking and doing one of the older workouts. Instead, I just went ahead with the three-minute running plan. And not only did I make it, it seemed this step up was easier than the rest. That was an encouraging sign. It’s just too bad it didn’t encourage me enough to get back on a regular schedule. I will.I promise myself, I will. Not only because I know I could do it, but also because I want that sense of accomplishment I got when I did finish that run.
I know it sound stupid — 3 minutes of running. That shouldn’t be a big deal, it should be something I should be able to do. Yet, I couldn’t when I started this, but I did now. It was hard, but I felt good, not just for a sense of accomplishment, but also the feeling I got when I finished. There was a rush of sorts and I felt great. And then even better after a shower. It’s a little taste of what I’ve heard people talk about when they go on about how much they enjoy running. I’m sure it wears off at some point, but I got a taste of it and I want more.
Now, if I can just figure out a way to be a good junkie and make some time for my habit, we’ll be good to go.