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Walking it off

January 24, 2012

I’m sure the cold helped, but that “just got high for the first time” “lay in the bed with your eyes closed” feeling was back after today’s workout. Pushing myself felt awesome this morning, because it was keeping me warm. In the cold dark I began to re-appreciate being tired during the workout. I’m still in an early enough stage to appreciate being fully recovered by the end of my cool down as well.

My legs have ached since my last workout due to the previous four months of self-induced atrophy, but I made up my mind yesterday to stop moving around stiff-legged just “walk it off.” The ache started to decrease almost immediately. Some pain is just mental. For example, when I suggested to myself that “we” go running this morning, my immediate response was something like, “No, our legs still hurt. We’re not ready.” Of course, once I’d made up my mind to stop being a pussy and just going running, it was as simple as that.

The thing I seem to have forgotten during my hiatus is how quickly resistance can build up, and how strong it can seem. (Thank you Dr. Stephen Pressfield). These aren’t my words, but that doesn’t make them any less true. “You have to do the work.” I know, at least in my case, I have to treat some things like a little kid finishing his homework before he can go outside and play. In other words, I there’s something you keep putting off, you should probably do that thing immediately. For one, you will probably get some benefit from have done it. Also, once it’s done, you’re free to do whatever you want without having some task you keep avoiding looming over your head.

It’s easy to just dismiss what’s being said whenever people start quoting ancient proverbs, like “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” but that shit’s true. Stop being the typical American internet hater for one second and take a look at yourself. Is there something that you’d like to achieve that you’re not working toward on a daily basis? Setting aside an hour a day to only work on your writing, music or whatever is one way to start getting yourself in line with where you want to be. Some of you may be saying, “But I’m so busy. I don’t have an extra hour in my day to set aside.” Well, I’m not going to call bullshit, because you might actually be that busy. What I will say is this: If you can’t sacrifice one hour of sleep (or more likely, one hour of the time you usually sit on your ass playing video games) then how bad do you really want it?

OK, enough of the heavy. Besides, one of my other projects seem to be spilling itself into this blog about running.

Music this morning was provided by my J Dilla playlist, but as I sat down to type this, I cued up my Pretty Lights channel on Pandora. The result was a discovery that blended the two, which I will be downloading later today. I leave you with a track off the album “Delicious Vinyl All-Stars RMXxology.”

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