One Block At A Time – Week Eight
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 EIGHTEEN: Monday 12/01/14 I was really expecting it to be a bit easier today after returning to the flat roads of Savannah. Surprisingly tough to get motivated, although I feel like my run was pretty good today. Maybe it was just the extra weight of casseroles and beers from the holiday weekend holding me back this morning. Breathing was exceptionally better, which has a lot to do with the fact that I am much less congested than I have been for the past couple of weeks. It did take a really long time for my knees and ankles to loosen up this morning. So much so that I was starting to wonder if I had hurt myself. Once I did loosen up it was a pretty good run, although my legs got a bit too heavy a bit too quickly. I did go a block further than I did on my normal run a week ago, but I’m pretty sure is was considerably shorter than my “Turkey Trot” run last Thursday. No need to be a hero, just need to get the momentum back up this week!
DAY NINETEEN: Tuesday 12/02/14 Pretty much a carbon copy of yesterday, which I guess is a good thing? I doubt I will ever be a “great” runner, but it is comforting to have a couple of consistent runs without big changes. I hope the trend continues on Thursday! One more block.
DAY TWENTY: Thursday 12/04/14 I forgot my hat today. The worst. I really hate all that sweat dripping down my face! I was actually a bit out of my routine today since I needed to take my daughter to the dentist this morning. I got started about an hour and a half later than normal. I have to say I was fairly impressed with how little that change affected me today. Usually the slightest alteration makes for a bad run, not that I’m so sure my run today WAS good. It was all about endurance today, everything was sore and and was having a rather interesting schizophrenic conversation in my head. I would be really positive and focused for two or three blocks, then it was all about how terrible this all is. I’m glad I finished with the positive voice though! One more block.