Has it really been 3 months since I’ve blogged? You’ve got to be freaking kidding me! You know what has distracted me is posting quite a bit? The answer is posting on Facebook/Instagram and not porting my activities over to this blog. To be totally honest, I don’t have time to post to all three everyday.
I have to make some decisions about what is the best way to communicate with the largest audience. Facebook seems to be the easiest to use via my cell phone. Posting to this blog seems to require me sitting down at my laptop. Whereas, I can post to Facebook while I’m pretty much anywhere with a few minutes to spare. Look me up on Facebook for the latest on my activities. I will be revamping this blog soon, so more to come.
What have I been up to? I guess the best way to start is the latest adventure and work my way backwards. As you can tell from the title, I’m still pursuing my quest for a complete year of running at least a 5K a day. I’ve just completed day #150 https://www.strava.com/activities/442060722/embed/c43d5137463c147c8fd07f5f398f5a148c6e2918 As a matter of fact, you can add me as a friend on Strava to see all of my 5K runs and times.
So what have I learned so far in regards to running everyday for 150 days straight?
- Forces you to spend some time on you everyday
- anything you work on everyday will improve
- after reaching a certain point, momentum begins to assist you
- You can still perform with injuries, I’ve suffered a sprained ankle, shoulder, muscle spasms that cut off my breathing, hip flexors, knee soreness and of course ye ole hammy.
- I choose very carefully the things I do as to not injure myself or put myself at risk of not completing my 5K
- My mind is now asking the question, “where else can employ this consistency in my life”
- Never put yourself last, or your goals will be last too
- you can’t outrun a poor diet. No matter how many miles I run, it can not compensate for my poor food choices. I shudder to think of how much better I’d look with a cleaner diet. God please give me more strength. LOL
- My goals have to be high to motivate me to achieve them
- Sometimes you just need a little music to get you through
- Equipment is critical
- Stretching and warming up are keys to avoiding injuries
- My body can heal and still continue to keep going
- Whenever you need a little motivation, just run somewhere new. The freshness of the new sights and sounds will keep you engaged and entertained
That is the good news, my running continues to get stronger and stronger. The bad news is my swimming and biking have been taking a back seat to keep this streak alive. On days where I have only enough time to swim, bike or run, I have to choose running.
In addition, I’ve started coaching my son’s basketball team. Coaching has taken up any remaining time I might have left. I’ve been studying plays, drills and how to get the best out of 4th and 5th grade kids. It’s not as easy as I would have thought. It is a rewarding experience as the kids keep asking me to coach the next league when it starts. Basketball has changed quite a bit since I played back in the 80’s. LOL