Mentally succeeding

After the thunderstorm passed last night, I went out for a run. I planned on doing the Three Park Run, 3.5 miles. I know, I know, I ran the day before and I probably shouldn’t run two days in a row. But the Sunday run was out of sequence for me and I wanted to get back to the proper every-other-day sequence. Which is one reason I ran after work, not before — more than 24 hours since my last run.

I didn’t have high hopes for this run, considering my fear that I run for shit in the afternoon. But, I have been taking vitamins (a multi, a Super B-complex, a C, and a calcium and potassium supplement), plus I wasn’t going for speed, just endurance. I wanted to go the distance. I wanted to finish without walking.

And I did it! I now have a mental success to counter my fear. I only had to stop running and walk when traffic forced me to. I did the run in the opposite route of before: first towards Johnson Creek Park, then through Westmoreland, then uphill to Sellwood Park and back home. I have no idea what my time was; it felt like slower than a 10:00 pace. And I was afraid the thunderstorm (or at least the rain) would come back — it didn’t.

I also added push ups and sit ups to my routine. I’m going to track how many I can do, and do them every day. I went rock-climbing (indoors, at the Portland Rock Gym) on Saturday and I found I have very little upper-body strength. Gotta work on that. Come to think of it, I haven’t been to the gym in weeks and weeks… that would help, too.

My weight peaked after my party on Saturday. Got up over 176 lb. and freaked me out. But it’s coming back down, and I’m relieved to discover that it was probably just water gain. Or at least liquid (beer, tequila, vodka, sake…). Today I’m back in the “zone” — 173.5.