One Block At A Time – Week Fifteen
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 THIRTY- SEVEN Monday 01/19/15 Another Monday with a run almost lost, kind of wish it was. Couldn’t get out until Noon today, and it really had an affect on my run. Slow and sluggish and everything was sore and hurting. Seriously isn’t this supposed to get a little easier at some point? I was ready to give up on the run after a lengthy morning appointment, but I needed to do this today. Tweaked my knee a little too. Whatever, I guess I’m glad I went even if it was awful and not my normal routine. One more block.
DAY THIRTY-EIGHT Tuesday 01/20/15 Better run today. My knee was uncomfortable all day into evening yesterday, and when I woke up without it feeling much better this morning I got a bit concerned. It is bound to happen, but I have been really lucky with avoiding injuries as of late. I decided to give it a try though, what was the worst that could happen? I might run a few blocks and decide it’s a no go. No big deal. Lucky for me the knee started to feel pretty good after a few blocks, so far so good after my run as well. It’s at least no worse than it was before I ran today. My pace was really slow, and it went in waves for sure. I’d feel great for four or five blocks, then curse myself for doing this to myself for a few. It went back and forth like that all the way around. At this point I’m really happy that I’m constantly getting in a 2 1/2 – 3 mile range run. Psychologically that is a big deal for me for some reason, it makes me feel like a “real” runner or something I guess.
DAY THIRTY-NINE Thursday 01/22/15 The regular struggle today: tired and sore legs and knees amplified by a few long bar shifts. No matter how much I didn’t want to run when I first got up I got over it pretty quickly. Big milestone today, first time I’ve run my route in it’s entirety. From 53rd St. back around to 53rd St. No walking. It might not have been easy today, but there was nothing stopping me. One more block, goal achieved. Might just savor this a bit this weekend, then I guess it’s time to start pushing up to a 10K on Monday? One block at a time of course!