In need of some warmth

As I write this it is 18 degrees in Philly. I want to keep up with my #writeandrun31 challenge of running for at least 31 days straight and writing at least 400 words for 31 days straight, but I’m realizing that January is quite possibly the worst month to attempt a running challenge. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t like to run on the treadmill which only leaves me the choice of running outside (or sucking it up and just getting on the treadmill). I was able to do my 20 minutes last night with ice and snow on the ground and although I got some weird looks, once I got started it wasn’t so bad. The small chunks of 20 minutes makes it so much easier to accomplish. Once I get through the first 10, the second 10 feels like nothing at all. I wanted to be safe running in the dark with ice all over the ground so my time was on the slower side but I was just happy to have accomplished my 3 goals.

This week, because of the weather, I’ve left my bike in the garage and have opted to walk to work. Some days I took the bus most of the way there and walked a bit but I was always walking at least home which is a little over 2 miles. I’m realizing that the running everyday was maybe biting off more than I could chew. I know it may seem like a cop-out only being day 4 but I think my new goal is going to be for at least every other day. Sometimes things come up, tonight was dinner with a friend I hadn’t seen for a while. I was good at the restaurant and stuck to a veggie soup and mixed greens salad and allowed myself to have two glasses of red wine. We were both able to vent a bit and catch up and I think it’s nights like this that are good for my mental health. Winter in Philly can be so daunting and it’s nights like tonight that help to get through it. I could have continued my trend of getting home, cooking dinner and rewatching the Wire but I think I have plenty more of those nights in the future. (We just started season 3! Best show ever.)

This time last year I had stopped drinking for a month but this year I’m going to just aim to keep things in moderation. I let my eating and exercise habits slip during the holidays, like most people do, and it’s on me to get back on track and try to figure out a maintainable way to get back into better habits. So unfortunately tomorrow will not be the day 4 recap I was hoping for but I’m just going to keep moving forward and trying to stick to my goals.

On another note, I started working on something new for the site that I’m hoping to be able to post after this weekend. Woot woot! Staying positive 🙂

#writeandrun31 Recap | Day 3:

Steps: 14,551

Running (minutes): 21:41

Running (distance): 1.69 miles (12:49 avg pace)

Writing: 593 words 

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