Wednesday, October 28, 2015

94 to go: Running through too 2016

Just a little more self-encouragement for my running goal.  If you plan a goal and are proud that you're still working towards it then feel free to tell people about it, right?

The Facts:

- I am 94 miles away from a mile a day in 2015.  

That'll be 365 miles in 2015.  I've got to pick up the pace here, but I think I can do it.

- Since January I have lost between 25-30 pounds.

Some of my clothes have lasted for over a decade, so it's nice to have them fit comfortably again after a handful of generous years.  I've burned off over 55 000 calories while running so far.

- My aches and pains are minimal.  

Something I learned from the old folks in China.  They'd be outside every morning stretching their legs, slapping at the blood in their arms, and dancing around in circles.  I think I've kept things loose and that's kept me mobile.

- My mind is clearer

I have to admit that running really helps me mentally and emotionally.  The constant rhythm of the steps, the arms swinging to the tunes.  It all melts off me and away.  When I miss a week of running I find myself lethargic, and in many ways short with Barbara and the boys.

I have dealt with mild depression issues (who hasn't?  Geez!) for a long time now.  I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that, as an introvert, I spend most of my time in my own mind.  It can get stale and stuffy in there.  Running is like throwing the ol' mind back on the hamster wheel.  Or maybe it's more like a water slide.  If I do it more often the dang thing won't get so sluggish all of the time.

In all, I recommend exercise.  It's tough at first, but it really does get easier.  Set goals.  Reach them and then set more goals.  Read books about runners.  Rich Roll.  Scott Jurek.  Christopher McDougall.  Be you, don't compare.  Give yourself grace, then build discipline and get out there again.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

This Election Year

This election year I'll do what I always do, because that's what I always do 
and why should I change for anybody else?

Deadbeat Dad

I've known you since you were born
But that's a given
No one gives you a ribbon
Just for knowing someone