For the athletes and seasoned runners out there, I know it’s not a huge number. But for me, it’s a significant step in the right direction.
At the start of lockdown I set myself the goal of coming out of it mentally and physically stronger. In early 2020 I had noticed myself becoming a bit lethargic as well as battling a bit of brain fog.
I wanted to use lockdown as an excuse to focus on myself.
With this in mind, around the middle of April, I decided to take running seriously. I downloaded the Nike Run Club app, made sure I had some decent trainers, and just got out there and started running.
I started with times around the 29 minute mark for 5km. Although my 5km finish time wasn’t actually my main focus, simply not stopping was.
My stamina and speed started improving. Fast forward a couple of months and I’ve got this time down to 23 minutes 20 seconds. Still just okay — but a little better than average for my age.
I have to admit, each and every time I get out and run I do feel a greater sense of satisfaction in the evenings when having a mini retrospective on the day. I feel like I’ve accomplished something, plus my body and mind usually feel pretty good.
As for consistency — I didn’t actually set myself a rigorous schedule. Check out my post on expectations from a couple of days ago as to why. I did make sure that I never went more than 3 days without running. I also made sure to listen to my body. If my knee or any part of me was feeling the slightest niggle that might turn into something a bit more serious, I made sure to do weights rather than run.
I did notice the more I did daily running the better my times were. If I had a 2-3 day break, it would set me back a bit.
I know I already sound pretty preachy in this post, but I would recommend throwing on a pair of trainers, and just getting out there. Try and do it a few times per week, and I guarantee that you’ll feel a bit better as a result. My lethargy and brain fog that I mentioned at the start has all but gone!
This was the eighth post in my latest challenge to write daily. I’m working on developing my communication skills, and making my writing more personable, and enjoyable for anyone who takes the time to read. If you made it to the end, thank you for spending the time!6