Last week, Monday through Sunday, I ran (jogged) 28 of my miles! This is a pretty big accomplishment for me. It means that I ran 4 out of each five miles every day! I am kind of excited to be able to say to myself that I really did that. Back when I was a chubby kid and through when I was a very heavy adult the thought of running anything, let alone 28 miles in a week was the farthest thing from my mind. It feels good for me that I was able to do it.
I ran (jogged) four of the five miles today as well. It is going to be more of a challenge when the weather starts making it impossible to do this out-of-doors, though. I have thoughts about how to try to keep this up. I do not like treadmills at all, but it is an option. The U has a fitness center where they have treadmills. I could possibly do that during the winter. They also have a small "fitness track" indoors. If I recall correctly, it takes 10 laps around this track to equal one mile. Forty laps around that track seems a bit daunting too, to be honest. I am going to try to steel my resolve to do one or both of the above (treadmill or tiny track) as a way to keep up my progress during the winter. I am hoping I will have enough gumption to continue it. To my manner of thinking, it is far nicer and more enjoyable to be outside running (jogging) and seeing the scenery change in front of me. I will stay outside for as long as a can, but I do not want to risk falling on ice, so I will becoming even more weather conscious as the weather approaches freezing temperatures. I will still walk at least one mile (to make five (including the jogging) total each day. I have adapted to figure out how to walk safely even if it is really rough weather with ice and snow.
But, while I keep thinking, I am still going to relish in my own mind the happiness that I feel for having reached this very significant goal for myself. And, yes, I know that for a lot of people, it really isn't anything all that special, so I am not planning to talk about it in day-to-day life unless people get curious and ask me. So many folks can do a helluva lot more than I am doing, I know. But for me, for my own inner self, it feels pretty damn nice that I have been doing this amount.
(In case people are interested, the above "28" graphic is from http://ryanracing.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/RHR28.png )