Fitness routines: I have started and stopped and started again so many times. I know what is coming
After that first workout, my muscles are sore. It is a familiar tiredness, as though my body was saying “ah, I’ve missed this.” I wonder why I ever stopped running in the first place.
There is something about working up a good sweat – building up the internal body heat so that your shirt is soaked through – and then taking a long cooling shower. It’s a deeper cleanliness than you get through your normal morning shower, as though your body were purging some inner junk. It feels like renewal.
Again, why did I ever stop this?
I know why. Life interrupts. Other things, often good and life-affirming things, get in the way. We humans crave variety. I know what is coming. At some point the luster will disappear; the body and the mind will grow weary of the exertion, of the sameness of training for a long run. In my mind will hear a seductive soft voice whisper, “must we do this again?”
I know this is coming.
But not today. Today is the first day back.
Today is a day for optimism and hope and opportunity.
Today is the first step toward a new goal.
I’ll be recording my running log in a new blog called “The Half Marathon Project” – this post is a sample of the type of reflections I’ll be offering there.