5km a day, 4 days in a row. No quits. Just run.
It was damn hard, I’ll tell you what.
Day 3 was the most mentally taxing—I just. didn't. want. to. go. I knew that I'd regret it if I didn't. I created a more upbeat music list to run to, and focused on keeping my pace steady, and actually learned some things I'd not done before: running down the hills, I let my stride out a little longer, and I breathed more deeply, giving me a chance to use gravity better, and inundate my blood with more air—it worked! I shortened my steps going up hill to keep my pace steady and returned to normal breathing, which was two breaths in my mouth, and one long breath out my nose, in time with the beat to the music and my foot falls.
And Day 3 allowed me to break down a mental barrier. When it was over, I knew that day 4 would be easy, it was the last, and I'd gone that far, I could finish it.
A 5km run for a lot of people isn't much. For me, it wasn't really easy. I struggled a bit. And the daily routine was the ambitious part. But sometimes you just have to do something difficult. My reward was knowing I had pushed myself, and did it. I completed something hard, and got to feel really good about myself.
But I’m going to do it again. Why? Because I'm stronger now.
Maybe next time I'll do 3km a day, for 7 days in a row. That shouldn't be too ambitious, and maybe a little easier on my back.
But my ultimate goal this summer, is to run a non-stop 10km at some point.
That’s my goal. And it could take me until September to get there. And that’s ok.
Each of us has our own pace. Doesn’t mean you should quit, just stretch it out a bit to heal, and get your mind in the right spot to handle it.
Running is about you and your body, not about theirs.
Enjoy the pace.
K. R. Cox