Yes I hate running. That is not negative self-talk, it is a declaration: I hate running!
…running on asphalt.
This weekend I did Rugged Maniac with Julia and I had a great time running up and down hills on earth and mud. The earth is much more forgiving of my every foot fall than the harsh roadway is.
When we set personal goals for the 30-Day Performance Nutrition Challenge, I committed to running more every week. More specifically, I said, “run at least a half-mile five days a week”
Now I will admit, my compliance to that commitment has been spotty (perhaps 60-80%), because it imposes so much abuse on my system. But, I can go for longer times and distances in the woods. Granted it is slow, as I am side-stepping sticks, roots and rocks, but I’m moving forward beyond walking speed. And it is not noisy and monotonous. It’s quiet, it’s fresh and it’s Fall in New England. What’s not to love?
I have miles of hilly Conservation Trails around the ponds near my house. I have to walk or run about a half-mile of paved roads to get to the trailhead, but then I have all kinds of variety in paths for constant changes of scenery.
Today I was able to run about three miles in the woods. This will be good for another few weeks. Once the leaves fall, the paths are obscured and the obstacles lay hidden beneath a bed of leaves, just waiting to sprain an ankle. By then, I may still walk the trails, but running will be less likely. But I am now better poised to honor my commitment to myself in the 30-Day Challenge.
In a few weeks I’ll report on all my goals for this month.