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There’s a difference between deciding to do something and deciding that not doing it isn’t an option

February 23, 2012

Today wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t as big of a challenge as I thought it would be either. In fact, I felt myself recovering during the run for once. Normally when I reach the top of a hill I can feel a difference in the amount of work my legs are doing, but I’m still breathing heavy. I never really catch my breath until sometime during my walk. During my first eight minutes, I topped the first hill and caught my breath before the set was over. I was breathing heavy again after the second set, but I had just spent the last two minutes of it running uphill, so no harm, no foul.

Afterward I ached everywhere, which made for slow going as I undressed for my shower, but I think that’s due more to the fact that I’m still recovering from yesterday’s workout. As for the run itself, I don’t feel near as tired as I didn’t after Day1 of last week.

Granted, I’ve built up endurance for over a month at this point, but I think what made today easier was that I didn’t really think about it. I didn’t even have to talk myself into getting started. I just resolved that it was happening and then went and did it. I don’t have any illusion that I’ll be able to skate by from here on out though. I’m in a good place now, but I’m well aware that there will be more plateaus and more walls to come.

Going from two 8-minutes sets with a 5-minute walk between to a solid 20 minutes is definitely a hurdle, but I’ve already cleared it once. After that comes Week6Day1. It defeated me before, but it was also the first time I wasn’t running at the track. I’ve been running hills for over a month and today went smoother than expected, so I don’t think it will be a problem. But still, there’s always that little voice reminding you, “You weren’t able to do this last time.”

It really seems to me that I’m finally falling back into the routine and mindset I was able to cultivate back in the fall. Couple that with how I’m feeling endurance wise and I’m positive that at the end of my second month I’ll be running a half hour every day.

This song has been played at least once a day since the premier of The Walking Dead, so I leave you with a live version of Clutch’s “The Regulator.”

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