Well, today I finished my ‘streak’. I didn’t end it with a big, giant, 10-mile run like I was planning, rather I ended with a little more than a 10 kilometer run. 😉 (That’s 6.5 miles, instead.) Yesterday while I was out on my run I kept getting texts. Since texts can mean emergencies, I kept trying to check my Garmin (I can read texts on the mini screen) and my phone but the sun was shining, I got distracted and learned why I shouldn’t text and drive. I fell. Twice. Within about one block of one another. The people on that block were probably wondering who the drunk woman running down their road was… I earned a bruised knee and scraped up palms, but nothing to get too excited about. This morning I woke up a little sore, but still planned on running a longer run until I got all hopped up on adrenaline from a feisty conversation and tried to be a gazelle on the trail run portion of my route. I made it within 20 feet of where I planned to start walking and bit it as i went over a root but my toe caught one and sent me flying! Three falls in two days- I hope that means I’m done. I got home and feel pretty sore in my back and shoulders, now. I’m glad I learned that lesson the hard way on foot, though, rather than in my car- don’t text and run/drive! LOL!
Regarding the streak, I am pleased. It was fun to prove to myself that I can run many days in a row without having an adverse reaction in my body. It was interesting to learn that two miles seems like a small distance, now. When I ran, running less than three miles felt like cheating. I like knowing that my short distance is now three miles. Cool! I also liked learning that I can run further distances within the shorter distances without getting overly tired. Indeed, I felt the stress on my muscles the next day after I fell, but for the most part, I was resilient and capable. While I would like to continue on with it, I’m not sure that’s realistic as the year winds to a close. I have a huge museum project with my students, I’m coordinating a talent show, my Martha dog is really not doing well and just the stress of having a husband and children and house and job…. It’s a lot to add the pressure of running every day into that. I need to add in some grace so I think I want to try to work out at least five days a week. Perhaps I’ll start there with consistent running and Zumba, then in the summer, when I’m not working at school, I can start a streak that could potentially rocket into September. I want to lose ten pounds before the end of the school year, too. Big time. If I could start my summer in the 180’s, that could be amazing. Not because I’d have any more of a beach body than I do now, but becasue of the accomplishment of meeting a goal.
So, here we go into the last fifty days of the 2015-2016 school year! Cheers to you all!