Somewhere around 4 months ago, some friends of mine suggested ‘health month’ - a generic motivator to eat healthier and be more active. I got on board, agreeable fellow that I am, and stuck it out.
I would later learn that I was the only person that stuck it out for more than a week, but that’s neither here nor there.
Shortly after the month had ended, I decided I could take this idea further. I started running. I had dabbled in exercise before about a year ago and fell into the “did it for a month and a half, got bored, quit” category. There was nothing about this go-round that would keep me more honest; I had no expectations of success, but I decided to try anyway.
Three months later, and I’m still going.
There was a moment near the beginning when I thought I was going to throw in the towel. My knee got banged up, and I could barely walk. I was out of commission for two weeks - I would use the elliptical when I could, but ellipticals are boring. Then one day my knee repaired itself. There was no preamble, no gradual easing of pain: one day I couldn’t run and the next day I could.
There’s still pain from time to time, but it’s mostly endurable. Except that generally I can’t stand after sitting for a long time without feeling like the blood in my legs has hardened and is only slowly gaining its fluidity. Ow.
General progress: at the start of this, I could barely run a mile in 13 minutes. On a treadmill. After, I would need to take a couple days to rest. Now I can consistently run a 5K in under 10 minutes per mile outdoors. Generally I can do this multiple days in a row before needing to cool down for a day. A couple weeks ago I ran my first (slow) 10K.
These aren’t Olympic numbers, but they’re much improved.
There’s no real purpose to this post. I just kinda wanted to brag.