This is a short recap of my first running anniversary. As I look back, I can hardly believe these milestones. And why not, my failures as well.
This post isn’t to boast or get attention. My main goal is not inspire you. But to show with facts what practice and consistency can help you achieve. It’s not easy and will require hardwork. But once you have reap the rewards, you won’t regret it.
The rewards are awesome. I can’t deny them. There’s been plenty of milestones I’ve achieved without realizing.
The list below chronicles my running adventure:
- Running 50 miles in a month
- Running 60 miles in a month
- Running after a blizzard
- Running in the rain
- Loosing 20lbs (9kgs) and keeping it off!
- Getting to know my neighborhood
- Keeping track of my runs
- Running helped me deal with my gastritis
- Running in style with part 1 and part 2
- Better sleep
I wish I could tell you that everything has been good news. But I’d be lying. Now that I back look at these events, I think they could’ve been avoided. Or at least, mitigated the outcome.
It doesn’t matter at this point. I learned a lot about myself thru these failures. Here’s what I’ve learned:
- My first running injury
- Dealing with first injury
- My second and severe injury
- How I obsessed with running
The road ahead
The road is simple. I’ll continue with my schedule: run every other day and
Run one day at the time
Run one mile at the time
Run one block at the time
Run one step at the time
All you ever have is that next step and nothing else. It’s the next step that’s important. That step will help you live the present moment and enjoy your run. The rest is just outstanding benefits.
Practice for the sake of practice
George Leonard – Mastery
It wouldn’t surprise me if I continue to run more miles in a month. But that’s not my goal. I’ll push myself (and body) to its limits without putting myself in danger. I want to see what I’m made of!
What about 5Ks or 10Ks? I’ll probably run one for funsies. It is in my bucket list to run with other fellow runners.
If I did it, you can do it too. As I mentioned, it was never my intention to run many miles or many of those things I listed above.
There will be ups and downs. But both will beneficial to you. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t run that far or fast…yet. You will be surprised what a little bit of practice will do for you.
What does running have to do with coding? Everything. You take care of your body, and your body will take care of you (and your code). Don’t believe me? Run and proof me otherwise 🙂
Ah, and one more thing: have fun!
I hope my story (with facts) has inspired or motivated you to get out there. Drop me a line if you want to be RunKeeper buddies or just to say ‘hai!’