Friday, August 30, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
As the days continue to get shorter, I might have to change my running time. This isn't an easy decision. Unless I exercise as soon as I finish my morning coffee, I invariably find an excuse not to run. This morning was a case in point. An unexpected rain shower made it darker than normal, so I decided to wait until it got light...and then abandoned my training schedule altogether. So I really need to exercise first thing after I get up. But I hate the thought of running in the dark! Not only is it scary, but I'm afraid I'll trip and get hurt. What to do, what to do...
Monday, August 26, 2013
As if the diesel fumes weren't bad enough, a skunk sprayed half the neighborhood during the night! I managed to do my usual 1-1/2 mile loop, despite the nauseating smell. I had hoped to extend my distance this morning, but between the disgusting odor and exhaustion due to a weekend "cross-training" (i.e., doing two days of back-breaking yard work), I hurried back into the house instead.
Friday, August 23, 2013
At what point does hope and optimism turn into a delusion? I took yesterday off so as not to strain my hamstrings, and thought that maybe the rest would give me more energy today. But instead of feeling invigorated and peppy, I felt even worse! I managed to do the entire one and half mile loop without stopping, but only from dint of will. What is wrong with me? Am I ever going to see an improvement? How can I feel so bad?
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Feeling miserable seems to be my new normal. I made it around the neighborhood loop again today, teetering on the verge of collapse, my lungs sawing with every step. But no matter how awful I felt, I ran a mile and a half again, nonstop. That's progress!!! My next step is to devise a training schedule and set some realistic goals, such as adding a quarter or half mile to my distance every week. It's time to plan!
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
No matter what time I go on my run, a neighbor with a big pickup truck always drives past me, enveloping me in diesel fumes. I'm beginning to suspect that he watches for me to leave the house so he can time his departure with mine. But despite the daily dose of carcinogens, I made it up both hills and around the block this morning -- A MILE AND A HALF NONSTOP!
Monday, August 19, 2013