100 Day Challenge – Day 21

Monday marked 3 full weeks of daily exercise! Although I didn’t get out to the gym in the early morning, I found time after dinner to go run on a treadmill. I did 2.6 miles in about 35 minutes (walking and running, but mostly running), which is definitely more duration and speed than I had 21 days ago. It feels good!

100 Day Challenge – Day 3

My lovely wife talked me into doing something called the 100 Day Challenge, which is where you do something you want to get into the habit of for 100 days in a row. I am doing it for exercise to sort of jump-start my flagging efforts to get healthier. Today was only the third day and it was still dark when I was leaving the gym this morning, but I felt really energized and positive, so I guess I have that to look forward to on weekday mornings when the alarm goes off at 5!

Holy crap, I ran so far!

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I think the last time I ran 5 kilometers was when I was a teenager, probably right around 18. Now I can say that the last time I ran that far was when I was 33!

It was actually not as hard as I was expecting. I was pushing Orion in his jogging stroller (of course) and about 2/3 of my route did not have sidewalks, so there were several times that I had to dodge into the grass and fallen leaves to avoid getting run over. However, I managed to find a route without too much traffic, so I mostly ran in the road.

At about mile 2.25, I got a nasty cramp in my side, worse than I’ve had since maybe the first week I picked up running last year. I remember the tricks the cross-country coaches at Dexter High School taught me, though, so I managed to adjust my breathing and power through it. It went away after about another 1/2 mile.

I’m pretty excited that I managed to do this, even though I’ve been slacking off a bit on running the last couple of weeks. I am planning to run a 5K on Thanksgiving morning and I was starting to get a little concerned that I wouldn’t really be ready for a race that long in a month. But now I know that it’s just a matter of whittling down my time!