Today I run five days, two days off, sometimes six days on two days off, but I know rest is really part of training. It took a long time for this change to happen to me, but I realized that when I run I just need to go out there and have fun, and it’s like a place a lot happier and healthier.
I try not to run the same route twice if possible. I like to change and have variety. I like new things. I don’t really listen to music either because I need to be aware of my surroundings from a safety perspective.
Other times running can be fun. If I see a rock that looks manageable, I jump. If I see a dog, I stop to pet it or take pictures. It’s not a serious business.
That said, sometimes it’s not always easy to maintain the routine. A week and a half ago I hit a very low point. I was crying and lying on the bed, but I had enough willpower to get dressed and dressed. My wife suggested I go for a run and she would follow me on the bike for about the first mile.
I got to the end of the driveway, and when I looked down I thought my usual route seemed so far away. So I started walking and then moving faster with the following steps. I started jogging and by the third or fourth mile I felt a transformation. It’s almost like a stranger walked into my house, and when I came back, I felt so much better.
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