I started writing about Running in my other blog but I'm transferring that over to here. The holidays sure slowed me down. Getting back into a regular jogging routine has been a challenge. I'm still slow as a tortoise. Late last year I was starting to feel some serious pain in my right ankle and shin. I got a new wrap for a my ankle, compression socks, and compression sleeves for my calves which helps with the shin pain (I'm not sure it's shin splints). I think they look pretty cool...
I was going almost every morning, not resting enough and I think it finally caught up with me to the point where I just couldn't manage through the pain anymore. I didn't go to a doctor because I didn't feel any pain when walking normal. I just overexerted myself. So after some rest, I'm getting back on it but not forcing myself to go every morning anymore.
You guys, it's not often I take a selfie while exercising. I look 20 years older and my head looks like a potato past the expiration date. But I was happy with this picture I took back in the Fall - so here's my face. That Puma jacket is my favorite thing to wear when I'm out walking and jogging. I always wear a hat, even when it's hot. I go out early in the morning as the sun is coming up and I don't like having the sun in my eyes.
I walk around my apartment development which alone is 1.15 miles but I also go to the track right next door, isn't that convenient?
This is my collection of t-shirts to get sweaty in. Great for warmer weather but in the cold, wearing 100% cotton is a big no-no. You don't want to wear sweaty clothes in the cold.
Last Summer was the first Summer of regular outdoor exercise. I fucking hate it. I definitely prefer the colder weather. I think the coldest I've ever gone out was 18 degrees (not counting wind chill) and I think that may be the lowest I go out.
My biggest challenge is getting out the door. This matters more to me than my run time or my weight. I enjoy the time I have by myself, listening to a podcast or my music, and being outside. It's a great way to start my day and when I don't, I feel like a bum. It's so hard to do something routinely, having to stop, then picking that routine back up again. The best thing I can do is remind myself that it's a blessing I get to spend this time outside every day and something to be thankful for. Good plan?