My run sucked today. Just to put it plain and simple. I did 1.5 miles, and the last half of that was walking. The same thing happened last week. I started running, and I could tell right off the bat it was going to be a rough one. My goal was two laps around a 2-mile loop. I stopped at 1 lap. It just wasn’t in me. By the time I finished, it felt like it was the first time I’d run in a long time. I was sucking wind, my side hurt, and my legs hurt.
It’s pretty discouraging when you’re making great progress with something, only to get knocked down a few notches. No one likes to struggle or fail. When we do have those moments, however, we can use them to see what we can do to improve. For me, I can look back on these two bad runs, and recall that I could have drunk more water throughout the day and should have stretched my legs out a bit before starting. I’m still learning the ins and outs of running, and I’m not going to figure it out overnight. I also realize that I’m not always going to have good days. That’s life. We all have days where we’re just off and can’t seem to make any progress, whether it’s with work, a relationship, or a hobby you do in your spare time. What we do after those off days is what makes the difference. I can get bummed out about a crappy run and just quit, or I can take it for what it is, see what can be improved, and push forward. I choose the latter.
*Update: On the last post, I talked about starting the Strong Lifts 5×5 program for strength training. Right now, I’m on week 3, and it’s been great! I started with just the 45 pound bar with every exercise, and each workout adds 5 pounds. At first, I felt a little goofy starting with no weights, but it’s actually helped me get the proper form down to where I’ll be good to go once I get to weights that’ll take some real effort. As of right now, here are my numbers:
- Squat – 75 lb
- Bench press – 75 lb
- Row – 80 lb
- Overhead Press – 55 lb
- Deadlift – 110 lb
I’m really enjoying this program. It’s a great confidence boost watching weight being added every workout. It’s a tangible goal you can see being met.
Until next time,