One Block At A Time – Week Nine
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 TWENTY-ONE: Monday 12/08/14 Man, did the temperature dip last night. After a week of near perfect running temps I was a bit shocked by 45 degrees this morning. That isn’t super cold I know, but a north wind was ripping right through me, making my warm up walk anything but. The worst part it is only going to get colder this week. Yeah. Overall I had a really good run today, although my breathing was off thanks to the runny nose caused by the weather. It is hard to breathe right when you are sniffling every four seconds.
A couple of minor concerns though. The first is that my motivation is very thin right now. I’m no longer excited to be doing this, it has become a chore like doing the laundry. I might not like it but it has to be done. I wish I was enjoying this more. The second is that I’m starting to wonder how long my legs and knees can do this. I really noticed for the first time today how much my knees feel the impact of each step. That might have been because of the cold weather, but having never run this consistently, for this long it is a concern to have that suddenly be an issue. Anyway, one block further today with relative ease if not some discomfort.
Tuesday 12/09/14 No run today. Heading down to Service Brewing to check out the canning line in action and help out as well.
DAY TWENTY-TWO: Wednesday 12/10/14 After spending literally 14 straight hours on my feet yesterday (I had my normal bar shift after helping at Service Brewing) I pretty much decided to skip my run. It was 40 degrees, My legs were stiff and sore, I mean there is no way. Except for some reason I found myself pulling on my running gear, a sweatshirt and warm hat and putting on my shoes. I need to do this, no matter how good the excuse.
You know it is going to be a long run when you have to tell yourself, “Just keep putting one foot in front of the other”… on your warm up walk! Pretty much everything below and including my lower back hurt a lot on this run. Oh the knees, especially the knees. Needless to say my pace was very slow, and I considered heading back home a few times early on. One of the good things about my running route is that after about a half mile I’m always far enough away to justify continuing on anyway. Surprisingly the upper half of my body was in great form. Breathing was great, shoulders nice and relaxed, and mentally I felt like I wanted to run for another mile. Unfortunately my legs had other plans. One more block.
DAY TWENTY-THREE: Thursday 12/11/14 I’m pretty much totally numb. It was another cold morning here in Savannah. It was about 35 degrees when I headed out the door, it maybe got up to 37 degrees by the time I got home. It was also another morning where a warm blanket and a second cup of coffee were calling my name, but I’m not quitting this time. On went the running gear, sweatshirt, hat and gloves. Turns out the cold kind of helped out today I think. My legs were so numb before too long, and I wasn’t feeling nearly as much of the soreness in my legs and knees like I had yesterday. I also had the new BDR podcast to listen to which always makes my runs a bit more enjoyable. (It’s a good one too, so check it out!) One more block.