I’m still at the run-and-walk stage but I made good progress today. Last week I ran 2 1/2 laps at Hart House and walked 1 so this week I planned to run at least 3, possibly 3 1/2. The day didn’t start well – I went to bed past midnight last night, which made getting out of bed at 6 AM really hard. It is still warm and humid and since I had to meet a friend at Hart House, I decided to run inside. The first few strides felt awful, my legs weighed a ton. But then I got to the end of the 3 1/2 laps still feeling ok – or at least not dying yet – so I kept going. I ended up doing 7 1/2 laps before I started feeling a little bit of a stitch. I then walked for 2 laps and then run again for a full five minutes (something around 5 laps maybe). It felt really good!
Remember that list of things I wanted/had to do? As you know, exercising was right up there, as one of the main priorities. After all, mens sana in corpore sano, as the philosopher would say, so if I want to be able to write a thesis, I need to be well within my body. So far so good. I’ve been going regularly to gym since we got back from Spain. I got back to my weights routine, some yoga and stretching on my own, and lots of cycling and walking. I even take the stairs to my seventh-floor apartment. But this week I made the bigger jump. This week I started to learn to run. So far all I can do is walk for five mins, run/walk for twenty minutes (I started with walk 1 lap, run 1 lap, and I’m now at walk 1 lap, run 2 laps) and finish with another five minutes walk to cool down. I want to be able to run 5 km by the fall. Running is hard but it also feels very empowering. Wish me luck with it!