September 24, 2013

September 24

Total time: 14:56 minutes
Total distance: 1.16 miles

The inherent problem with not wearing a watch is that I don't know when I'm so close to the next minute to keep running for, say, another four seconds. Alas. I still maintain that it's nice to be free of it, though I suppose at some point I suppose I should get it back out. I felt like I did better with it - sure, it was frustrating, but it kept me on task. I ran longer. I was trying to beat my previous times - not for speed, but for endurance.

It's worth mentioning that yesterday was my birthday. This is most relevant to the overall scheme of health and running and fitness because I've been an absolute glutton the last 48 hours or so. I mean, I love that people want to celebrate with me and take me out to dinner... but three meals out in a row is starting to make me concerned about my, uh, weight management. I've been pretty lax with things anyway - I haven't counted calories for months and I've done an okay job of not over-eating, or eating just to eat. But these last couple days have been rough on me, probably more mentally than physically. There's an inherent amount of guilt that goes along with such a binge, because in the back of my mind, I "know better" - and I'm afraid of ballooning up again. Frankly, I haven't made that much progress on the weight loss goals this time around, so it's not that far removed. But, instead of berating myself on my indiscretions (thanks, society!), I simply told myself that I was required to run today.

I was expecting it to be a much more difficult run than it was... though I didn't go that far. I won't let myself run less than a mile... which may not be that much, to some people (and it doesn't feel like a lot to me, either, except when I'm in the middle of it, and not even always then), but considering where I was when I started, the fact that I have set that as my baseline... well, that's not too shabby. Because running a mile was something that I used to not be able to do at all... and now it's something that I do every time. That's something, right?

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