I went for a mile run last night, I’m having a very difficult time getting back into my run-routine. I was in a groove for a decent while before the holidays, and picking that back up again has been far more difficult than I anticipated. The hardest part about the whole situation is getting time to go do it. My evenings I usually have free time to do things around the house, but the logistics of balancing time out of the house between my wife and I is a chore. We have things that need to be done that can’t be done at home – grocery shopping, mailing packages, commitments at church, extra-family members assistance, car repairs, errands in general, and of course, the spouses desire to get some exercise in as well. Someone always needs to be around for our daughter – even if she is asleep. I can’t just put on my shoes and go for a run whenever I want when I get home from work.
So, I didn’t put my shoes on to go for a run until 9:00 PM. Our neighborhood is pretty well lit, with lamposts on alternating sides of the road, in front of every other quarter-acre lot, so running at night isn’t the worst thing in the world, and with the hotter summer months fastly approaching, it means the weather is a bit cooler at that point as well. The downside, is that by 9:00 PM I’m ready to be partaking in a TV show, book, video game, or some other leisure activity, before I hit the sack in a couple of hours.
So I’m not sure what to do exactly. I’m a big fan of scheduled activity, and keep things in a pattern, so running at 7pm one night, 9pm the next, and 8:07pm the one after sits poorly with me. My other option is to do a morning run. But I hate waking up. Getting out of bed every day is an epic struggle of wills, lived out in the combat of my snooze button on my phone in the early AM hours of my day. So, morning runs are very, very low on the list of probably work-arounds.
The run itself went, well, poorly, at least compared to where I WAS before. The new app I got, Runtastic, has some realy cool tools that shows your pace along the run, and uses GPS to track your route and elevation changes. I averaged something around a 14 minute mile – which is just abysmal, and you could see the places where I had to walk for a bit where the graphical pace dipped low. I keep telling myself that I’m starting over, and not to expect to be able to do this like I did back in November, but logical brain and emotional responses don’t often play nice.