This week, I started running. Fairly late into the season, but I thought after a good few weeks of hitting the pool I thought I was ready to push myself. Spoilers, I was sorely wrong.
Early in the week I started with an easy 500 metre jog. Literally felt like nothing, I think I would be able to sprint it if I could. However exercise to me is more about speed; endurance is just as important as speed itself, sometimes it’s not about outrunning your time but more of being able to go farther at a pace. A day later in the morning, I tried a one kilometre run. For people who are inclined for imperial units of measurement, it’s about 0.6 of a mile. This time I decide to push myself a bit harder. I have to admit, I’m out of shape and I felt a bit of fatigue right up to the end. Yesterday, I completed a distance of 2 km. Not much of a feat but more like muscle memory, I’m still feeling it up to this morning. I’ve been known to be physically aggressive with my own body when it comes to fitness but I know this is the tip of the iceberg.
No doubt I want to live a bit healthier on a budget, but the problem is I’m not a health nut. I don’t feel automatically motivated to exercise yet I do want to be more and do more than sitting for extended periods of time. With much consideration, I think I’m going to dedicate an hour a day minimum for physical fitness. Even at the end of the year and through into 2015, I want to be healthier. No longer this “I want to try” business. It’s been a constant for me over the summer to not exercise and now with just under two weeks of summer, it’s now all down to pushing it to the end of the year. Rain or shine, to and through the limit.
Right now, it’s a matter of consistency and variation. So far lots of cardio from swimming and running, weight training is still out of the question. A gym membership is beyond my budget, sticking to push ups would only last for a good while. I could only wish I had some weights.
Hey readers, I’m all better in the whole coughing, stuffed nose, and fever department. I spent my first day of 2013 with something very normal, going to the local clinic. I was all better up in the face region; oh wait, back up to early December.
So I woke up one morning and stood up. I felt this harsh tingling sensation emanating from around my calf. At first, I shrugged it off since I sometimes wake up with a stiff leg from putting it to sleep with the other leg. At first it wasn’t so bad until Christmas, yup I got sick while sick. Well I didn’t know it at first, I thought it was just my body going through a phase. Since my face was crammed with germs, I took it as an opportunity to just take it easy and get better. Sure, I got better one way but my leg was constantly reminding me the painful predicament I was in.
So back to first day I feel well enough for the urban outdoors, I was fed up with this pain in my leg so I got it checked out. The news was okay, it wasn’t the leg but was part of my nervous system. A prescription for pain relievers and some stretching later, I was back at home contemplating my situation.
I’ve been medication free for the past couple months and now on a small dose of medication to treat something I should be having in my early 30’s. My state of mind after a week long ordeal of staring at blank walls is on the edge of going back to high school me. Trust me, high school me is super depressing; at least now I’m just depressed. You really have to be me to really understand the problem I’m in – the physical debilitating the mental, the enduring body of the fatigued mind. After I’ve been through which could come out as one of the top ten ways of a bad New Years, losing a bit of hope is a small price to pay.
The champagne has been drunk, the bar hoppers are back to work, the New Year is over; I’m the last person ready to for a bit of fun. If not fun, at least forced into making resolutions that can backfire. First, never get sick or ill for this year. Second, start on this thing called adulthood by getting a job. Third, enjoy life. Those are pretty simple, how can I possibly fudge it all up?