July 29, 2008

Back in the Running

I used to run. A lot. From 1999 to 2004, I ran every other day, anywhere from three to seven miles, sometimes outside, sometimes on a treadmill. And then, around the time I bought my house in early 2004, I just stopped running.

Primarily, I stopped because I had a ton of house fixing-up to do, which ate up about a month, and after that, I just couldn't scope out a feasible running route I was happy with so, aside from the occasional treadmill session, I basically just stopped.

Still, since I picked up jiu-jitsu training in 2005, I thought I was getting just as much of a workout as I would have running, so that's how I justified not running for about three years.

Well, last week, I picked up a new MP3 player and, in an inexplicable whim, I slipped on the old running shoes and pounded out a three mile trek. Which. . .

Holy shit, man! I felt like I was going to die after 1.5 miles. I'd COMPLETELY forgotten how to measure my breathing and keep a steady pace. I was huffing and wheezing like a pack a day smoker. And I was sweating profusely and cursing under my breath and basically not having a very good time.

By the time I wrapped up my run, my legs were shaking and I was feeling just generally miserable. Nevertheless, despite aching legs and an almost unbreakable hold of laziness, I did it all again two days later.

Ideally, I'd like to be back up to five or seven miles before the end of August, and I'm mostly posting this as a means by which to track my progress and hopefully serve as a minor source of inspiration when I'm feeling particulary lazy.

For right now though. . . man, running SUCKS.

Posted by Ryan at July 29, 2008 02:51 PM | TrackBack

I don't understand running. I only run if someone is chasing me, and then I only run far enough to get to my gun.
Running 3 miles? Did you at least see anything cool? I don't get it.

Posted by: Donna at July 30, 2008 07:13 PM

When it comes down to it, Donna, running--as grueling as it can be--is a very sure way to bolster my conditioning so I don't get gassed as quickly in jiu-jitsu. As one of the older guys in class, a little extra stamina so I can hang a bit longer with the younger dogs would be a very welcomed addition to my game.

Posted by: Ryan at July 31, 2008 03:26 PM
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