My day started like a lot of my days with a lake swim at Lucky’s Lake.
After my two lake crossing this morning, I reached a running milestone. Day 183, which means I’m officially half way to my goal of running a 5K a day for one year. 183/365=50%.
I’m amazed that I’ve made it this far considering the nagging injuries I’ve incurred. The journey has had many twist and turns that’s for sure. Like right now I’m currently struggling with some nagging right glute and hamstring issues. These issues have really slowed down my running. I dare not push the pace, for fear of being derailed for a longer period of time. I have to somehow keep running while at the same time allowing my body to get some rest and heal.
You’ve heard of the term “dog days of the summer”? That’s what my quest currently feels like. Each day it seems to be a grind to complete my 5k run. A part of me longs to do other activities that I have put aside for fear of injuring myself. Activities such as basketball, weightlifting and cycling have not been part of my routine for awhile now. This has been the longest time I haven’t cycled in three years time.
I do plan on adding some light weightlifting to beef up my physique and make my body more resistant to injuries going forward. The problem is that I can’t push too hard as building muscle requires rest and recovery. Is it possible to build muscle on minimal rest and recovery? We shall find out, as I’m going to take a before and after picture to track my weightlifting journey.
I’ve really become dependent on running with music. I’m finding motivation by running with a different playlist everyday. Before I started this running quest, I loathed running with music and just enjoyed the sound of my breath and feet hitting the pavement. I would like to get back to running without music, but for now the music is a good motivator for me to continue the streak. Also running in different locations that I’ve never run before adds motivation and “childlike” intrigue.
Instead of my normal what have I learned list, I’m going to talk about what has been the easiest part of my journey and what has been the hardest.
The easiest part surprisingly has been the actual running itself. I’ve got the 5K run down to such a routine, it’s just a matter of doing it.
The hardest part has been documenting my journey. It seems that I’m having trouble keeping up with recording my runs, how I’m feeling that day, challenges, blogging etc. A close second would be taking the time to address my injuries properly. Getting more massages, acupuncture visits, roller therapy to really address my injuries.
I’m looking forward to learning more about myself on the second half of this journey to a year’s worth of daily 5Ks.