Today Was Not Such a Good Day to Run

Anyone whose been running for any length of time, experiences days as if they’ve never run before. Today was one of those days for me. For whatever reason, I just couldn’t get into it. My pace was off by maybe a thirty seconds to a minute. I forced myself to pick up the pace on the last mile, just so I felt I accomplished something. Well, I did accomplish something, I got out there at least. There were a lot of “resolution runners” out on the trail today. I figure by the end of the month it will just be the dedicated runners out there.

I don’t fall into that category. For the past six years or more I’ve been maintaining a five days on, one day off running routine (during the summer months that may consist of two-a-day runs). If the weather’s not cooperating, I get on the exercise bike or kill myself on the (almost) vertical climber for thirty minutes. One way or another though, I get my cardio in. I also get a (thirty minute) workout in every morning before breakfast; kettle bells are your friend and a great way to get the calorie burning engine (called your metabolism) kicked into gear (after thirty it starts to go away). Since I introduced kettle bells into my routine, along with interval training (not crazy shit like HIIT), I’ve lost twenty-five pounds since July; it wasn’t even something I was striving for, it just kind of happened. Eating correctly, too, didn’t hurt either (no flour-based bread, smoothies for lunch, lots of vegetables, fruit, fish [and other meat; in moderation, it’s not bad for you]) and, particularly, not eating after dinner. I also fast for a day (thirty-six hours) approximately every seven weeks. If you’re consistent with it, and don’t get anal about it (like wasting your time counting calories), it’s really not that difficult; consistency and discipline are key. Don’t be mad.

And that’s all I have to say about that.


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