It's time I got my butt back into gear and stared training (mainly because I don't have a butt anymore 😱). The rain has melted most of our snow overnight, so I decided I'd go for a run in the forest, and I realised a few things:
First of all, running is super hard. I've been setting my pace way too fast and getting tired almost immediately (that could be because this was a fasted cardio session aswell, but still). I didn't make it far into the forest when I decided I couldn't go on any further and I turned back. I started jogging home and realised JOGGING was super easy in comparison to running. So I turned around again and carried on. I'm now no longer a runner, but a jogger. The pace is slower, the impact is more gentle on my joints, I felt better in myself, I wasn't having to stop so often, and I could go a much greater distance. Hurray! Secondly, on a more personal note, the stitch I constantly get (today it reared its ugly head within meters of me leaving the house) isn't actually a true stitch. It's pain in some scar tissue from an old surgery. It's excruciating and I have no idea if running/jogging will cause it to improve over time, worsen, or if it's something I have to live with. BUT, it doesn't hurt as much if I jog, rather than run.
Finally, there are lessons to be learned from going for a run, and it turns out it clears your head much better than a walk does (a walk does the exact opposite for me). You might not want to go for a run, and it might be difficult to do. There are obstacles and you might get lost. You might hate every second, but nothing compares to the joys you feel when you get to where you were going. In my case, back home to collapse on the stairs. The journey is hard, but it's improving you, and it's worth it.
Short version: I'm a jogger now.
Want to join me?
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