Somewhat of a Milestone, Somewhat of a Brag

Hi, everybody!

OK so yeah, this blog might be a little big of a brag. I knew I could do what I set out to do yesterday, but I had no idea it would be THAT easy.

So what did I do?

Nothing crazy. I went for a run. I decided seven miles is the goal and the pace needs to be at a max of eight minutes. I ended up easily running the seven and getting right around seven minutes and thirty seconds as an average. AND GUESS WHAT? I think I could hit seven minutes next time. We’ll see. My final mile was sub-seven, so I feel pretty confident.

Now, here’s the problem. I’m 30 and I haven’t ran that long of a distance in long while. MY BODY HURTS. My legs feel like cement getting jackhammered. But I’m proud of myself and wow, the sunset running around the lake was something special last night. And here’s another “guess what”: I went on the run with someone I care about. Now, she ended up being about fifteen minutes behind me, but she absolutely killed the run, too. I am a man over six feet with long legs – hard to keep up with me.

But yeah, today is a lifting day and a boxing day. Tomorrow will either be sparring or a rest day. IF tomorrow isn’t a rest day, Friday most definitely will be.

What challenges have you put in front of yourself recently? Have you dominated them? I hope you’re challenging yourself every single damn day. It’s worth it. Trust me.

I wish you well. Try not to beat the shit out of yourself.

Back to Morning Runs

Hi, everybody!

Notice the exclamation mark? Yeah, rare, but needed today.

I went on my first run since the fight and boy did it feel good. I followed it with five 100-yard sprints and five stadium stair climbs. BOY, it felt good.

You know, summer is almost over. It’s a shame. But Fall is upon us shortly and that is super duper exciting. Runs in the Fall? Can’t beat those.

But why is the run important? I think it’s obviously important for physical health, but mentally it’s even more important.

I consider running the most difficult sport in the world if you’re running long distance. Why? Well, let’s say you’re running a marathon. That means you’re stuck alone with your thoughts as you trot along for four to six hours–that’s intense.

I would like to run a marathon one day. I think I could do it now, but the mental aspect of it all throws me off. I need to be a bit more solid up in the old noggin before I think about running 26.2 miles. Or do I? Maybe that’s a goal I set for myself. We’ll see. I was talking about finding a hobby not too long ago (don’t worry, I still want to do photography, just need to find the time).

The point of this blog is not to tell you running is tough. It isn’t. But the constant thinking that happens during a run is tough, especially for people like me. Maybe it’s difficult for you, too. I try to not think which makes me think more. Sometimes I succeed in my goal and just run. Man, there’s not much better than just running without a thought. I’m jealous of Forrest Gump for that–he seemed to be able to do that with ease.

So what am I leaving you with today? Nothing. Go find something for yourself (and I say that in the kindest way because I believe in you).

I wish you well. Try not to beat the shit out of yourself.