One Block At A Time – Week Two
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 FOUR: Monday 10/20/14 I was fairly motivated to get out today, even with the three day break. The voice telling me I didn’t have to run was pretty quite, and I had no other excuse to not go have a great run. It really started great too. A little too great maybe. Given the crisp fall weather I started running at a clip that isn’t normal for me. It felt like I flew through that first mile. Of course, my pace slowed to an exhausted crawl on the second since I wasn’t used to it, but I was happy with the run overall. One more block.
On a side note: I surprised myself a bit when I decided not to end my night the evening before with a Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale I had in the fridge. I really wanted to drink that beer too, but I knew I’d have a better run in the morning if I passed. Who am I?
DAY FIVE: Tuesday 10/21/14 Ugh, I just made it today. Got to my minimum run distance and I seriously thought about skipping the next seven blocks. Got it done. On the bright side I guess my pace wasn’t too fast like yesterday. One more block.
DAY SIX: Thursday 10/23/14 Tired legs. This is one of those times when the reality of my job really comes into play. Work last night was a surprisingly intense and I definately felt it on this run. On the plus side though, I feel like my ability to push through and not quit is growing. The running is getting easier as a whole, even if each run brings new pains and strains.
I feel like I’m starting to see some of the results of the past couple of months of running. When I first started running a few years ago I saw an almost immediate slim down. On this most recent re-boot the physical change has been less than obvious. I have a long way to go before I’d say I look good, but there certainly isn’t as big a gut in front of me when I run anymore! One more block.