A quick one today, thinking I might not make karate.
I’m not sure why I watched Julia and Julie on a recent airplane trip, but I did. It’s not really the kind of movie I usually watch, but I found myself enjoying it.
What does this have to do with running? The story is of a lady whose life is a bit of a mess. She’s not happy with her job and is looking for something to give her life meaning. She enjoys cooking and Julia Child is a bit of an idol for her.
So she decides to work her way through The Joy of Cooking, the famous cookbook of Julia Child. It has about 540-some recipes in it. Her husband says she needs some type of deadline as motivation, and suggests a year. She’s a little flabbergasted, but she agrees and decides to blog about it.
As you might guess, it’s a struggle, but she perseveres, documenting her journey through cooking something every day. And along the way she discovers what I did:
It’s the act of doing something every day that gives you meaning. It sustains you, and it’s a huge accomplishment. It provides a lot of mental satisfaction and energy.
Julie goes on to a cooking show and some success (it’s based on a true story), and while my running isn’t likely to give me any material success, it’s an accomplishment that I will treasure forever.
A full day of skiing, another beer, and then a run at the health club. Kendall wanted to swim, so we headed over there. I had no headphones, the wrong shoes (mocs instead of tennies), and Kendall wanting me in the pool, so a quick one.
The best thing about this running streak was that I've learned to listen to my body. I've learned to really pay attention to how I feel, and then adjust my activity as a result. I don't stop running, but I do alter things based on the way that I feel.
I went early to karate and then pounded out a run before around the pavement. It was cold, and I had to work around the snow and ice on the sidewalks, so I went a little slower than usual. It felt good to be outside, and not be rushed to get it done.
I spent a whole week recently at a business conference in Seattle. It was colder than I expected a few days and I was busier than expected other days. As a result I ended up running early in the morning every day and on the treadmill on the top floor of the Sheraton downtown. Not a bad view, but at 6:00am, not much to see.
I thought the treadmills up there were nice, but they must be harder than mine at home, which has impact adjustment. By the time Thur hit, day 4 running, my right knee was throbbing a bit as I walked around. I felt it walking up stairs, and actually started to take elevators where I could for that reason.
When I got home, I decided to take it easy, and spent 3-4 days running less, and slower, on the treadmill here. I also added the cho-pat strap. That has seemed to help, but I'll keep an eye on it.
I was tired. My legs were tired. I struggled up to the roof of the Sheraton in Seattle, the health club, stretched for 5 minutes while I waited for a treadmill to open up and tried to take up. It was 6:20 in the morning, and after a long day traveling and hosting a party the night before, I was beat.
I got a treadmill, walked for a couple minutes, and then started to run at 6.2mph. A minute later I was ready to call it a day and maybe run later.
It was the first time I've really felt like stopping mentally. I wasn't that tired, and so I forced myself to keep going. It ended up being a good run and I felt invigorated, but this one was tough.
When I was a week away from a solid year of running, my ten year old asked me what my next goal was. He wanted to know if I had something else to shoot for after completing 365 days of running?
I told him I wasn’t sure, but I wanted to aim for 400 days. I had an event that I needed to travel to, and I’d be there for day 400. That was a good goal for me. I had also heard about someone else shooting for 1000 days, but I didn’t want to aim that high.
Now I’m past day 400, aiming for day 500, but it’s not a big goal. Right now running tends to be a day-to-day thing, just seeing if I can do it every day.
I don’t know if that’s sustainable, especially when I start to have busy days. I think that a goal of some sort, trying to get to some level of accomplishment is what really keeps you moving forward.
So I’m searching for a new goal, and in the meantime, I’ve found that this blog, my Nike + and mapmyrun.com trackers help me to keep pushing forward by looking back at what I’ve done.