Friday the 6th of July, I will have achieved my goal of running 2 miles everyday, for 22 days. Of course, there has been one variation, as there often will be in this type of training. This past Sunday, I realized the monotony of the same distance, every day to the same location was starting to wear on me. So, in efforts to revitalize my interest in my short run, I set out for a 1.25 mile climb, uphill the entire way, to a great spot to stop and enjoy the view. It is SO spectacular, that the memory of the effort spent getting there (I did not walk at all – so proud of myself!) dissolves as soon as I look out over the city.
Even on a grey, overcast, and slightly damp morning, this view still takes my breath away.
I have yet to check 2 miles off my list today, this Wednesday, the 4th of July, Independence Day. Good fortune of having the day as a Holiday from work is allowing me the freedom to get outside while the sun is shining, my first time running in warm weather in months. A mid-day run is a definite to-do today.
Reflecting on the last 19 days, only a couple of them have proved challenging; they required extra resolve to get up, put my shoes on and get the run done. Getting into the routine has been less of a strain than I first anticipated. Now, after 19 separate 2 mile runs, I feel significantly stronger which comes as a surprise. As a former practiced athlete, I feel that logically, the amount of work that running 2 miles each day requires is not enough to make a significant difference in the way my body feels. Additional unexpected benefits include more restful sleep, as well as falling asleep almost immediately after laying down. I have an enjoyable daily routine, although I am learning that a change in scenery from time to time is something I do crave.
Now my thoughts drift to what challenge to take on next. Do I run three miles, 30 minutes, three times per week for thirty days? While this proposal has a pleasant sound rolling off the tongue, in reality it is a backward step, as my overall minutes running would decrease, and miles run would decrease from 140 to 90, and 14 to 9 respectively. Perhaps I’ll run 3 times per week for 30 minutes, and add one long run, 5 miles, on the weekend? Thus providing my body some rest from running, and allowing days for cross-training (and yoga!). There is so much to consider, and only three days until I want to have my new plan in place!
For the first time in my life, I am positive I can continue running. I have designed this exercise routine with no consideration beyond the desire to be active and increase my overall fitness, and I am enjoying every moment of my daily dose of pavement pounding.