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I Just Don't Care
Friday, 09 June 2017 - Written by rcblu2 [profile]
When my boy's Spring soccer practice picked up about 10 weeks ago I made a decision. I could sit in the car and play on my phone or I could get some exercise. The park his practice is at was perfect with (about) a 1/3 mile path going around it. For the first few "runs" I would run a lap then walk a lap. I might go around 6 or 7 times in 45 min. The thoughts would creep into my head about doing more. "Run faster!, Walk less! Do 10 more minutes! You can do it!" I used to be this way. But now I don't care.

Don't get me wrong. I care about being healthy. I firmly believe in exercise (whether I do it or not), but I am backing off from having to push myself harder and harder when I exercise. Away from believing that if I don't push myself more then it is a waste. I just don't care. I don't care what others think when I am out there. I am just happy I am moving. Slowly.

After 3 or 4 weeks of getting out there once or twice a week I could walk less. I have seen how consistent exercise can change you. But I still don't push it. If I feel like walking then I walk. If I want to stop 10 minutes early and watch the boys practice then I stop. No matter what, I am out there. And that feels good. I don't have to make myself feel sh!tty by saying I am not doing enough. Heck, I probably even saved myself from nagging little injuries by going slow and staying slow.

So I am not caring about my pace or time or what I will do after practices stop this week. I'll just care that I got moving for a few weeks. Cuz that feels good. And if it feels good I will find another activity to link to this one.

Stay moving, All.

NeedhamPaul says:

You've put out an important post. As I get older (58), I just can't regain the pace I used to have. So, instead, I set a goal - usually mileage based but sometimes just total time on the road - and I try my best to stick to it. If that means running 3 miles, then walking a little, then finishing the 5 mile run, so be it. I'm out there getting exercise.

I've found this approach helps me stop blowing off exercise days. Used to be if I didn't feel "right" (whatever that means!) I just wouldn't go out. Who wants to post a 10+ m/m run? Now, like you, I don't care!

I'm also considering Diana Nyad's new push - everwalk.com. Trying to get Americans out to walk every day. Very good advice - not running, but better than not doing anything. In some ways (injury prevention, total hours on the road) it might be better than running.

Keep on keeping on!

Paul

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