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!
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!
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!