New Challenge: Mental Health/Running

Cellar tour at Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, Missouri

Cellar tour at Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, Missouri

Just when you thought I had it together and could keep up with my challenges... I was derailed by a weekend packed full of social activities. 

We did some fun things: our friends Jean & Kama got married and we hosted a little post-wedding party at our house, then we took the train to Hermann, Missouri and drank some wine (okay, maybe lots of wine). And then there was work, of course. And not much blogging.

Yesterday, I realized I had failed to set up a new challenge. I meant to do it as soon as I got home, but then I also meant to start running again, and only one of those two things happened. 

Congratulations, Jean & Kama!

Congratulations, Jean & Kama!

So today I decided running is an activity that supports good mental health, because it actually is. I guess walking or any other activity is, too, but running is especially good for me. It doesn't matter what kind of mood I'm in, if I go running, I feel better when I'm done. And I don't mean only because I stopped running. 

How running continually falls out my life, I don't really know, but right now, I'm happy to have it back in. And when I say "running" at this stage of the game, what I really mean is I've started a run/walk program. This week, I'm running 1 minute then walking 2, alternating until I hit 20 minutes. Today and yesterday I walked a little on top of that - and got over 20,000 steps today!

Last time I tried to start running again, I didn't follow any sort of plan for building up and my left knee promptly developed a pain that didn't go away quickly enough for my liking. So this time, it's back to my tried-and-true method for getting into running. It's so gradual, I hardly notice I'm building up, but it's never led to an injury. 

And when I finally do get built back up into a regular running routine, this time I'm going to try really hard to keep it simple. I don't want to start signing up for tough races, doing longer runs, or worrying about speed. I want to develop some sort of baseline amount of running that doesn't lead to me dropping it altogether. If I can accomplish that, it really will be good for my mental health. 

Week 51: Mental Health & Running