One Block At A Time – Week Twelve
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-NINE: Friday 12/26/14 Decided to make up for my missed run on Thursday with a run with my wife today in South Carolina. I can’t tell you if I went a block more, but including a little walk break in the middle to answer an important phone call, we went about 2.8 miles. It was fun to run with someone else, although it was a bit difficult talking to someone while I ran. I felt pretty good physically, but man did I regret that donut I had for breakfast. Stupid donut.
So far so good with keeping up with the running during the winter holiday break. I hope this continues as we move our celebrations to Florida.
DAY THIRTY: Monday 12/29/14 Hey look at that, it only took me twelve weeks to run for a month! Seriously though, the lazy bug was strong today. When we are in Florida I automatically go into vacation mode, which mean sleeping in and not having a whole lot of interest in exercise. I knew I was going to go, that was never in doubt, but I had the slightest urge to skip it. I immediately felt the result of an extended length of time in the car the past two days. The drive down took a couple of extra hours thanks to heavy holiday and bowl game traffic, and I could feel it in my knees. I took an extra long time for them to loosen up. I ended up running about 2 miles today, but I was frustrated the whole way about not knowing how far I had been. (I don’t run with my phone so I have none of those fancy apps to help me out) The heat and humidity was a bit of a shock as well, but all things considered I felt like a had a pretty good run today. Not sure if I will go out tomorrow or Wednesday. Or maybe I should do both since there are so many great breweries to hit up down here! Gotta burn off those beer calories.
DAY THIRTY-ONE: Wednesday 12/31/14 My legs and body are just not feeling right, these warm up walks are a bit uncomfortable right now. Once I get going I feel alright, my regular amount of sore and uncomfortable, but I think my body is starting to revolt from all this exercise! I wanted to finish the year strong, but I just wasn’t a great run today. Very humid in Florida today, but the temps were cool and the breeze was nice. I was comfortable cutting my run down to a mile or so today, but with each step I decide to not quit and finish the run. (which was set to be a little bit longer than the one I did on Monday) It always feels good to not quit, something I’ve been really good at in the past. I am also vey happy to have actually run on this trip to Florida. I am usually derailed by something down here, usually my own laziness, but I feel like I will be able to get right back into it on Monday in Savannah.
DAY THIRTY-TWO: Thursday 01/01/15
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
I was not feeling up to it this morning, and it had nothing to do with drinking too much last night either. I was determined to run today for 2 reasons though. 1) I wanted to get all six of my runs in for the last two weeks. After my fear of not sticking with it during the holiday break, I was only one run away. 2) I felt like it was important to start the year off with a run, especially since I was in good enough shape to do so on January 1st!
It was a shortened run today, I knew there was no way I was going out for long. My knees were killing me, but I did at least a mile which was fine by me! I’m sure I looked like that guy who goes out running on January 1st every year, only to quit after a couple of days. I guess I’ve kinda been that guy before, so not much of a stretch! Good luck on your resolutions this year, whether they involving running or not! Trust me, if I can do this, SO CAN YOU!