I apologize. After many mid-run meditation sessions and a lot of self-evaluating, I don’t see the point of putting fat people down with the word “fat.” Not because I think that the word is particularly reprehensible, but because pointing out aesthetic flaws feeds fitness’ aesthetic aim. So name-calling is officially against my beliefs. With that said, the sedentary lifestyle is hindering the prosperity of the human race. All of those who practice this lifestyle must wake up and understand that in order for future generations to be greater than we are, they must be at least slightly more disciplined. The deterioration of personal dignity and integrity in our society has led to the deterioration of humans. Get fit NOW!
As for today’s run, early morning yoga set the energy tone, but a whole day of walking around the Billie Jean King Tennis center yesterday brought the fatigue.
I didn’t check the watch once, and just ran to my ability, the sweet, sweet sweat didn’t come on until three miles, which means that the run felt cold and tough until then. Evidently now seventy-five degrees is cold for me.
Pullups-6, 5, 5, 4, 6
Squats-18, 24, 16, 18, 24
Situps-33, 37, 32, 32, 46
Pushups-27, 20, 20, 17, 27
I recently read Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and it has really changed the way I view running and running goals. I went from hoping for a five hundred mile year, to trying to run two hundred miles in forty days, to now, truly wanting to disregard numbers and just run for hours every day until I’m fast. There’s less of an emphasis on speed and numbers and more focus on consistency, form (mastering the barefoot strike), and getting my runs done as early in the day as possible before outside forces make it a struggle to get out and run. Maybe its the abundant summer sunshine, but running has become a whole lot about feeling out my body and enjoying nature like a real human. Right now, even though I’d like to win a race one day, building a strong running practice and learning to enjoy running pain-free is enough to keep me positive about the future. I’ve gotten through various levels, but to get to the highest level I’ve got to enjoy this as I am.
I enjoyed it so much today that I went out twice, first for a fiver, then a three-spot.
After my half-hour home yoga practice this morning and my thirteen-mile death quest on Saturday afternoon, I had no push on the first run, so I did what I could, reminding myself that completion is the key to these runs (especially completion of tomorrow’s), and working on form and breath. The second was a fun run that was purposely slow, and the torrents of rain during it actually felt good. Boy I love summer.
Squats-17, 24, 18, 16, 24