Woah, that had gotten away from me! I thought I’d missed another day, and turns out I’m more than two days behind at this point. I already cheated once when I forgot one day. The past days have been oddly busy. We’ve been doing more things around the apartment, doing some shopping, organizing, and so on. It’s the last few days of my holiday, so we’re trying to make the best out of it. So, before I realized it, I’d fallen behind on my RPGaDay posts.
It’s okay, though. It was a pretty decent challenge and I had no idea how tricky it’d be to post every single day; that was an interesting lesson to learn. As far as keeping up habits going, I’m more happy that I’m still sticking to the running. It’s been tricky building that back up again, as I’m not in the phase where the program transitions from shorter intervals to longer intervals. That’s always the toughest set. Moreover, the Runkeeper app I’m using for that training program has a six-week program compared to the 9-week C25k program I was used to. The higher pace is a bit of a challenge but at the same time, given that I’d run for quite a while in the past, it’s easier to catch back up, so it’s doable.
I was happy this morning to see that my running pace was also getting back to near where it was five years ago. So far, while I was running, my pace kept being in the top-15 to top-20 of my previous paces. That makes sense, given that my previous paces involved many runs without intervals and now I was back to intervals with longer walking sessions. This morning, my pace was suddenly back in the top-5. That felt pretty good!
Also, I am happy that the audio trainer in the app is at least realistic about the goals of running. I hear a lot of people talking about how much fun running is. I have never felt running itself was fun—you’re tired, you’re sweaty, and if you’re doing it right, you’re not comfortable but at a pace that pushes you. Running is exhausting and annoying. What’s great is finishing a run. That’s when you feel awesome about yourself. That’s when you feel great about having shown up that day and finishing that run. I feel good during the day, when I have more energy and feel more powerful. But during that run? Oof.
Yesterday, I ran again for the first time since last Monday, and today I did Yoga again for the first time since last Tuesday. After having injured my back last Tuesday, I had to take a little bit off to recuperate. This was a dangerous proposition, because as I wrote before, it’s exactly this type of situation that raises the risk of me slipping and abandoning my exercise. That’s why I am proud of myself that I made sure to continue, despite those thoughts that said “Maybe take a little time more, just to make sure you’re fully healed.”
My wife, fortunately, trained to be a nurse, and has also learned a lot of massage techniques. She figured out last week that I had just popped a rib, and managed to massage away some of the fluid that was building up. So, I did feel good enough yesterday to run. I was a little concerned during Yoga today, because I worried that I would again overdo it, but I made sure to just stretch gently. After all, it’s not about going to extremes, it’s about doing it.
This morning was a bit of a victory. Just yesterday I posted that I usually ended up quitting running due to excuses. Well, last night, I could not get a wink of sleep for some reason. Well, probably around three or four hours of restless sleep, in the end, but I didn’t fall asleep until 3am. So, as you will imagine, I woke up rather tired. On top of that, as I look outside, I notice that it’s raining steadily with no sign of letting up any time soon. What a recipe for failing before I even start. So, I doubled down and told myself: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays—just go out and run. And run I did. You know, running in the rain isn’t as bad as it seems. Above all, though, it made me proud of having made that choice.
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.
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