I got home a little earlier than expected today. (A meeting at school fell through.) So, before I started getting more things done for the rest of the afternoon and evening, I decided to lace up my old Hoka One One shoes and get out there. I promised myself just one mile, and, by God, I was going to do it.
It’s always been very impressive — and somewhat depressing — the amount of fitness you lose when you don’t do much. Even after running the Baltimore Half Marathon a month ago, I should have kept up with the running. I didn’t, and it showed today. I was huffing and puffing a quarter mile in, and I probably wouldn’t have been able to continue far beyond the mile… Not at that pace, anyway.
The good news is that RunKeeper seems to have fixed the GPS issue that made the 13.1 miles of the half marathon register as 22 miles, which is obviously wrong (though it felt like I did 35 miles). They also released a stand-alone app for the Apple Watch, which I used to record my walk back home from the end of the mile. It recorded that accurately and, once I changed the setting on my phone to allow heart rate to be recorded, it kept track of my heart rate very well.
Just like I promised myself this mile, I am promising myself another one tomorrow. It’s going to be a very long day because I have meetings from end to end, and I might not get home until 9pm. But I’m still going to head out there even for just one mile because today’s mile felt really good. It felt good to get the lungs working and get the legs moving. It felt even better to know that I was burning calories. That, and the dog was pretty happy as well.
Here’s to more running in the months to come!
René F. Najera, DrPH
I'm a Doctor of Public Health, having studied at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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