One Block At A Time – Week Five
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 TWELVE: Monday 11/10/14 I’m pretty happy with my run today overall. I had the weekly Monday struggle of getting back into it, but once I get up and going it is usually easy to commit to getting the running gear on. My run today went in good and bad waves. There were times when I felt really good, and times when I thought I might collapse and die. I did go out with an additional goal today, which was to try and run a bit faster. I have to admit I am a bit jealous of the people I see who prance down the road like a gazelle, while here I am lumbering like some kind of walrus man. I’d really like to maybe improve my pace and form a little bit if I can. Anyway, I unofficially finished the pure running portion (not including my short warm up walk, or walk home) in under just 30 minutes. I’m still at over a ten minute mile, but what do you gazelles expect from a walrus man! I guess we will see how tomorrow goes, one more block.
DAY THIRTEEN: Tuesday 11/11/14 I’m pretty sure this was the worst run I’ve had since I’ve re-started. Never mind working on form and pace, I was out of breath and struggling the whole way. I seriously considered quitting several times. I’m not talking about writing for a bit of comic affect either, I really wasn’t sure I was going to physically make it. No jokes, it was really hard today. I’m sure I looked a pathetic sight to all that saw me this morning. Not sure why it was so hard today, I guess this was the first time in a few weeks that I had two straight run days, but I’m not so sure this is good excuse. In any case, somehow I did it, one block today. The weird thing about my run today is that I only added about 2 minutes to my time. I thought for sure I had added at least 10 minutes from yesterday. Strange.
DAY FOURTEEN: Thursday 11/13/14 I hate too admit this, but I do not handle change well. Instead of going out to run in my normal routine, I had to wait out the plumbers who were here to do some repairs. about three hours later I did go to run… ugh I really should have skipped it. My legs were just toast, and I had zero motivation to do it. I don’t know, I guess I tried… fought the good fight… whatever. One more block? Not even close. Embarrassingly so. I can’t let this derail me, I am going to have to be extra focused on Monday.