I wanted to run in the beginning of my day for the energy boost (which outlasts coffee/tea by a long shot), but found after many strings of failed attempts over the years, that I am one, not a morning person and two, not willing to sacrifice more sleep time even if I allocate 7-8 hours of sleep prior to waking. At this point I am certain that I would rather take a cold shower every morning than get up a little earlier than I need to.
That being said, my failed attempts have rolled over into an inconsistent exercise schedule and worse, at times, a non-existent one. Over time it was clear to me that part of my lack of progress, had been the result of doubling up. Doubling up being, waking up early and getting in my daily exercise. When I couldn’t get myself up early, I’d snowball that failed attempt to my exercise, neglecting myself from exercise for weeks at a time. So, to prevent myself from losing benefits such as:
- Positive moods
- Clear attentive focus
- Seemingly random, but continuous bursts of creativity
- Improved memory
(Side Note: I also care about being in shape, but not as much as the benefits listed above. The benefits above, help me be the person I aspire to be.)
…I decided to give up the idea of getting up early and instead run after work. Maybe I will give an early morning run in the future another shot, but for now getting at least something is better than nothing.
Now that the days are longer and the temperature is over 50 degrees (Fahrenheit), I have started to spend more of my time outside. This time of year, I look forward to the little by little, day by day change as the new season starts to peak in. Wholeheartedly, I can barely hold my excitement for the season change. Winter has its perks but am much more energized during the warmer months of the year. For a bit, I studied at a park on a bench, laptop and all, but due to mostly screen glare, rain, and the steadily increasing population of mosquitoes, it was becoming more and more difficult to keep a constant state of attention. Initially it was nice. This is a park close by, with an evergreen pine tree cover, table top benches, data coverage, and to my surprise, not a lot of passersby’s.
My outside time is important to me so to make sure I still get exposure, I decided to start trail running. Believe it or not, I have never trail run before, so, I asked my Dad for advice, for he used to trail run. I asked him if he wore special shoes to trail run in. After answering, he then steered me away from trail running to instead run on a bike path. He said he mainly would trail run in the winter and that I’d have to watch my footing even more carefully in the warmer months with snakes.
Thus, I begun to run on the bike path and have a pretty good system so far. I run one direction for 20-30 minutes and walk back listening to an audio book for 45-60 minutes. Right now, I am listening to “Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World” by Cal Newport. I recommend it if you’re looking to live life more intentionally on the things that add value to your life.
Nothing to do with running, but I have accepted an offer for an IT Summer internship and frankly, I am hyped. Can’t wait to start! =D