I ran 5km! For the first time ever non-stop, and in under 34 minutes.
OK, so I know you didn’t actually ask (or need to see the photo for that matter). I’m pretty certain neither will the bottle shop attendant I’ll be seeing later this evening, nor the checkout staff at the supermarket this afternoon. But I’ll probably tell them anyway (and anyone else unlucky enough to cross paths with me).
Just casually weave it into the conversation like a ‘name dropper’ does (is ‘run dropper’ a term? I think it should be). You know, all like:
“Hi, random stranger out walking their dog – nice sneakers you have on there. They look similar to the sneakers I wore today while running 5km!”
“Cash or credit? Credit thanks – here’s my card. Whoops, that’s’ my parkrun barcode sorry. I used it this morning and ran 5km! Let me find my credit card instead…”
“Hello? Sorry, Mr Telemarketer – I can’t take part in your phone survey at the moment. You see, I ran 5km this morning and have to go blog about it.”
OK, so I might be exaggerating a bit. I can’t see myself actually doing that, but I am pretty chuffed and currently alternating between feelings of disbelief (‘holy crap!’) and accomplishment (‘woo hoo!’).
5km is probably small biccies to a lot of people (and I still don’t consider myself a runner), but I am making progress and the goal of 10km is not looking quite so daunting.
Setting goals has really helped. I managed to achieve my January goal of walking / running 100km over the month, and am now 2-days into my February challenge of 1000 squats.
results-driven, outcome-focussed form, I analysed the numbers / days using a spreadsheet and ‘crunched’ a few different options – ie 40 squats a day over 28 days vs building up gradually vs building up gradually and including ‘rest days’).
It actually looks quite easy when you do break it down. Maybe I’ve set the bar too low with ‘only’ 1000 squats? It will be on top of my running training though, and squats are apparently one of the top-5 recommended exercises during a running program, so I figure it can’t hurt.
Here’s how it ended up:
And here’s a tip on how the ‘form’ should look:
No doubt I’ll feel like doing a bit of ‘squat dropping’ come March, but I have a feeling that one’s going to be a bit harder to casually work into a conversation.
Although…demonstration could be the go: “Oops, ‘accidentally’ dropped my credit card. One moment please, while I pick it up.” 😉
Have a great weekend wherever you are, and once again – thanks for asking!