Picking Running Back Up

For the first time in a few years, I went running again yesterday. There was a time when I ran relatively regularly, because I wanted to be in shape. Usually, I end up slipping out of those habits—it’ll be rainy, so “it’s not a good day to run”, or I’ll have had a tough day at work, or I have the sniffles. There’s always some excuse that ends up with me skipping “just this once”, which leads to “I’ll start fresh next week”, and ends up right in “I should start running again someday”. So, I started running again that day.

Having worked from home for the past couple of months has meant more sitting without my usual walk-‘n’-talks with colleagues. For some meetings, I normally prefer doing them standing up; it encourages people to be brief, and keeps them active during the meeting. The past months, though, I’ve had to miss that. Because I have no standing desk, my meetings have been sitting down, followed by more sitting down, followed by laying on the couch at the end of a workday. So, as you might expect, I started putting on a little weight. It’s not much, but I’m acutely aware that a kilo extra this year means another kilo next year, and before you know it that’s ten kilos ten years from now.

That’s why yesterday morning, I put on my old running sneakers and took the opportunity to explore Leeuwarden at a pace. I was pleasantly surprised that my lungs kept up well enough with the run, and my legs did pretty well too (today my legs are a little sore, don’t kid yourself, but during the run they were good). I checked my pace as my phone had recorded it, and it wasn’t slouchy either. Not great, of course, but I wasn’t taking it lightly. It felt good to be up and moving again.

I have no illusions that somehow, this time, magically, it will become a lifetime habit. Perhaps I’m more of a realist nowadays. But at least I can try to run again tomorrow. And tomorrow, once I’ve taken that run, I’ll try again on Friday. It’s like that wonderful quote at the end of Bojack Horseman Season 2:

“It gets easier. Every day it gets a little easier. But you gotta do it every day. That’s the hard part. But it does get easier.”

Jogging Baboon from Bojack Horseman, Season 2 Finale

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