The endorphins, the not-out-of-breath feeling, the ability to wear clothes that fit. Etc.
About 9 months ago, the perfect storm stopped me from running or doing any other kind of exercise:
- Laid off from work - and was unemployed for over 7 months.
- Developed some odd pain in my hip/glute/lower back on the left side that I’m still fighting through today.
- General apathy and laziness
I’ve faced the apathy monster plenty of times, but had usually overcome it with steel-willed discipline, some great motivation, or just letting the “phase” pass after a week or two.
But I allowed the loss of job, money, regular routines, etc. to be an excuse to not try to figure out the rest. Didn’t feel like I could see a doctor/chiropractor with no money or benefits, so I’ve just lived with the pain - pretty much every day for the last 8-9 months.
Last night I decided I was done waiting and making excuses. I adopted a “damn the torpedoes” attitude in regard to the pain factor, and woke up the extra 45 minutes early to at least get a 20 minute jaunt around the block.
Even if I had to walk most or all of it, I’m going out.
So I did.
Much to my surprise (and chagrin for waiting so long) it was nowhere near as bad as I feared. In fact, 80% of it actually felt GOOD. And I was able to jog for some of it too.
Definitely getting back into this routine.