Thursday, April 23, 2020

Movement Breeds Optimism: Less Bored in the Pandemic....

It's been a month since my last post and everyone who thought this Corona thing would go away "quickly," whatever that meant, is still trying to get their bearings. Frankly, since day one, I decided I wasn't going to get it and have done everything I can to make sure I didn't. So far...... Awesome.

My work has been crippled immensely b y this thing. When you travel and teach large groups for a living, an annoying thing like a Stay at Home thing can be a challenge. Nonetheless, I have moved a bunch of gigs and delivered some online, so hopefully, I won't be begging for money anytime soon. On the upside, I've become a more than competent Adobe Connect/ZOOM guy and that has made the transition a little better. I still get to teach - one of the things I love to do.

Speaking of things I love to do, where things have changed the most is in the running. A month ago, I wrote this, "It has been a struggle to walk/jog (lovingly called WOG), as it is SOOOO boring beyond all belief and other forms of aerobic activity just don't do it for me. Having said that, the last two weeks have seen a considerable uptick in my wogging, strangely associated with the Coronavirus."

Since that writing, my weekly mileage has "soared." 
Week ending 3/22.         30 miles
Week ending 3/29.         38 miles
Week ending 4/5.           34 miles
Week ending 4/12.         40 miles
Week ending 4/19.         37 miles (with a day off)
This week on track for 42-44 miles.

The best part of all of this has been that the WOG (walk/jog) has become a JOGALK (jog/walk pronounce that however you like). I've been a 5 min on 5 min off guy, a 10/2 guy, and everything in between. Today it was 53 minutes straight. What's changed? Honestly I'm not sure.

Maybe my attitude has changed, maybe I've been able to find ways to ignore the lack of knee stability. Again, not sure. No matter what it is, I'm liking it. It is so much easier to run than to walk. I confess, walking SUCKS and I'm not sure how people do it and I'd love to totally discard it from my activity protocol but I doubt I'll make that complete transition for a long time.

In the meantime, I'll take it. Movement Breeds Optimism. And I like that too.

Run on.    

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