A Quick Exercise Update

Not that anyone likely cares that much about my personal exercise routine, but for what it’s worth, here’s a little update!

I heaved a big sigh of relief last Thursday – it marked the final day of September and my final day in a month-long running challenge.

I’m not quite sure what’s happened, but exercise just feels like more of a chore lately and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit running daily for 30 days didn’t feel like a continuation on that theme. But it wasn’t all that bad. Without a prescribed minimum or maximum, I ended up running an average of 1.2 km/day. Considering I was running 8-10 km – multiple times a week – a few years ago, it’s extremely low mileage. But it’s something. And with my walking workouts, I clocked in at about 130 km for the month of September. Well off my 200 km pace back in June, but quite respectable.

I’m not sure what’s next, but I’ll definitely be taking a month off from any set challenge. I’d like to run just for fun, without needing to check any box, and see if I can start getting my mileage up a bit. I really do miss those longer runs, but it feels like too much work to get back into that shape right now. (That said, this is perfect running weather. I love fall, and I love exercising in the fall. I loathe sweating and I hate being cold; the late morning/early evening cool air in October is my happy place. I don’t need a coat or gloves, but it’s temperate enough I don’t get overheated. Oh if only this would last all the way through to spring).

Honestly, at this point, it feels like my inertia is less about the work and more about the time. And, as Laura Vanderkam says, when we say we don’t have the time, it likely means it’s not a priority. So yeah, running and exercise goals, in general, are just not a priority right now.

And that’s okay.

I’ve been shunning Microsoft Teams and Google Meets in exchange for walk-and-talks. It’s a nice way to pass the time and I really don’t even notice I’m exercising (until I start walking up a hill and notice I’m running out of breath while talking, and then I feel a bit self-conscious). We’ll continue on with our morning walks to school. I’m trying to make more trips up and down the stairs. Little ways to squeeze exercise into a busy schedule.

And, who knows – I may even fit in some more solo walks with my pre-teen to start dreaming up the next elaborate birthday cake plans.

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