I got home from work a little after 5 today. It was windy, and I was ready for a lazy evening.
Nonetheless, I summoned what little motivation I had and decided to go for a run.
Yes, a run.
The second this week in fact.
Part of the impetus to up the heart rate was a friend’s suggestion that I come along and run Bloomsday. Granted, 7+ miles perhaps doesn’t seem like the best first “race” for a non-runner to try. I might be better off with the 5k a Facebook friend invited me to next month.
But regardless, the invitation did serve as a needed reminder that I should tackle some goals. Namely that one about running a mile.
And I almost did it today. In fact I meant to.
After my pretty successful walk-run-walk-run 0.7 miles on Tuesday, I decided to stick with the same plan of attack. Walked some blocks, ran 2, walked 3 and then prepared to run the rest of the way home (yes, I did conveniently plan this route so that the “long”, consecutive run would be downhill). Based on the number of blocks I ran that Google Maps later told me constituted 0.7 miles, I figured tacking a few extra blocks on would bring me up to a mile.
Nine-tenths of a mile. And the rub of it all is that I could have pushed myself to go that extra tenth of a mile. Once I push through the initial agony (ok, exaggeration), it becomes a matter of endurance. And when I decide to run to x landmark – well that’s what I’m going to do. So next time, I’ll pull up Google Maps and plot a route that will carry me across this threshold. Maybe Saturday.
I still drag my feet into the running shoes (and maybe, as a different running friend has suggested, I need different shoes…but I can’t quite justify it when I already have 4 pairs… between the pair lost for 2 years that turned up after Christmas, the replacement trail running pair, and two different pairs of dedicated running shoes – courtesy of my roommate who’s a rep and has ooodles of running shoes in her office). But running hasn’t been so bad this week. It’s good to be outside and (getting) in shape and achieving goals. I made that life list that’s linked on the side, but I’m not doing much by way of crossing things off. Not sure whether this speaks to a lack of motivation on my part or unrealistic goals.