Last week was the first time since I've started this that I missed a day on a challenge. I'm sure it won't be the last.
I missed exercising Saturday for a variety of reasons. One, I was tired. I'd worked two early shifts at work. Besides starting early, those shifts require a lot of physical effort. All day I thought I'd go home and take the dog for a walk, until I got a message from a friend asking what corral I'd be in for the start of the race the next day.
Which reminded me we still had to pick up our packets at the convention center downtown. For a few weeks, we'd also had tentative plans to meet some friends at a bar by the stadium for a "sour" tap takeover. I'd been back and forth on whether I wanted to drink the day before the race, but I figured if we had to go down to get our packets anyhow, we may as well drop by.
Because I was tired, I didn't want to take the time to find out when packet pickup ended. We agreed to meet our friends at the bar, then we found out the tap takeover had been cancelled, so we picked another bar to meet at.
I ended up with my packet - and no exercise.
My experience there illustrates a couple things about exercise. If you don't plan for it, it might not happen, and the plan has to be good. I should have put packet pickup on my calendar, but I didn't, and I almost forgot. Also, it's tough to make good decisions when you're exhausted.
I learned something last weekend, but it feels like lessons I'm learning for the umpteenth time. It's funny how we go round and round the same mental challenges, figure them out, forget, then get it again. I'll be putting everything on my calendar again, starting now.
Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon
The half-marathon went well, or as well as I'd expected it to. I started off to fast and really struggled through the last few miles, but I was happy with my time, given the amount of training I'd done and the shape that I'm in (still a little heavy, but I'm working on it). I ran with Sam and Eric. Sam did great. She could have had a much better time, but she stuck with Eric and me. Eric had some trouble with his knee/IT band toward the end of the race, but he recovered nicely and is already talking about his next half-marathon.
I took yesterday off, only getting out to take the dog for a short walk, but I ran a couple miles today and felt fine. I wasn't sore at all after the race, which makes me think I wimped out on those last few miles and could have done better if I'd pushed myself.
But, you know, you do what you can do at the time. And if you keep that up long enough, eventually you can do more.
Week Seven: Fitness - Exercise Every Day