One Block At A Time – Week Three
I’ve tried many methods to kick start a regular running routine, but the only thing that really seems to work is what I call the “one block at a time” method. I plan to run 3 times a week, and go 1 block further each time. Simple as that. (Except I know myself, and it will never be as simple as that) Without a mini goal in mind, I just have a hard time committing to running. I hope that this weekly blog will help me to not quit this time, and maybe finally get into better shape! Who knows, maybe it will help motivate you too.
DAY SEVEN: Monday 10/27/14 I was looking forward to a good start to the running week last night. Not sure what happened but the excuse monster in my head was really loud today. Not loud enough to keep me from pulling on my running stuff and getting out there, but I gave my self every reason NOT to before I did! Maybe the voice knew something I didn’t, ugh what a tough run. Stiff and uncomfortable to start and it just got worse from there. Heel pain, calf pain, shin pain, knee pain, hamstring pain. Pretty much in that order. Thank god I did not have to stop for traffic, there is absolutely no way I would have started running again. To make matters worse I have hit the part of my run where I am going East/West for my additional block. Those blocks are something like four times longer than the ones going North/South. The only thing that got me through this was pure determination, I didn’t even have a whole lot on my mind to distract me either! It was just me and my loathing of running. One more stupid block.
DAY EIGHT: Tuesday 10/28/14 Can somebody remind me why I’m doing this? Seriously. I’m going to tell you right now, all “slow and steady” wins you is some sore knees, ankles, calves and shins! The only bright side to what I did to myself today is that I probably witnessed a minor miracle when I actually ran (shuffled) one more block.
DAY NINE: Thursday 10/30/14 Tough week. Resolve is about all that got me through this week. My joints and shins are really feeling their age, and are a bit irritated about my new lifestyle choices. I think they just want a beer. I’m sure this is a part of the “no pain no gain” side to any exercising routine. It’s going to get better, right?
On the plus side it has only taken me one month to get back to the 2 1/2 mile distance I was running before my first 5K. I’m actually pretty proud of that. One more block.