In the past two months I have moved to a new state, bought a house, got a dog, and become a runner.
This post is really only about the last thing there. I have done something that I did not think I would ever do. I run now. Not because someone is telling me to, but because I think I enjoy it. Well I think I enjoy the moment I finish a run the most. The feeling of accomplishment, the feeling of beating a new record, sweating through another shirt, burning calories, improving my overall health and getting out of the house and completing something tangible.
Growing up I worked most summers cutting grass either with a lawn care business or on a golf course and I think I found a lot of enjoyment out of it because when I was done I could sit back and look at the task I just finished. I could physically see what I did, where I messed up and fix it next time. That’s what running has become for me, and what lifting always has been for me. It’s all very numbers based and undisputed facts. This is exactly what you just did and it is better by this much from last week.
I think it started because I had way too much time off in Captains Career Course, my wife wasn’t around, and the weather was nice so I just ran. One or two miles at a time with the goal of being better on the PT test, and losing some belly fat. Fast forward to today. I have moved. I have started my new job. I am taking two online classes. I have a house to upkeep and a dog to entertain. My wife and I are reunited again and yet I’m still running. Albeit, the weather is still great and I have the perfect park to run in next to my house, but I never saw this coming. I used to run two miles and my knees and ankles would ache for days.
The key was developing a pattern in Oklahoma. It forced me to constantly compete against myself. My watch tracks way too many stats than I would ever need to know, but it helps me keep a log and see my improvements. I set small and attainable goals before every run. Usually pace and distance based. I want to run 4 miles at a sub 7 min pace. Beat it. Ok now I want to run 5 miles at the same pace. I also have some long-term goals, like I want to run 50 miles this month.
It really is a great feeling. I stretch more, rotate my shoes every run and my knees and ankles seem to be holding up well. I would argue I even sleep better at night now.
(Pic: Last two weeks worth of running, tracked with the Garmin App)
I’m a runner. This is weird.
Full disclosure: I know I haven’t been writing a lot lately…. Well I have been writing more than I ever have in my life, but it’s for my Master’s degree. I’m ok with this excuse. I guess I could publish my thoughts on dialogic vs diagnostic organizational development approach, but that’s just not entertaining.