today begins day 14 of Dry July. i do love a (nearly) half-way point. even in running, on a long run i love the ‘turn around point’ because then it’s all downhill in my mind. in the second half, i don’t have to check my watch, i just run until i’m home again. the second half is sooo much faster than the first half.
running and being sober. hmm, similarities?
- when running, especially on long runs, i often feel like a bag of shit for the first 20-3o minutes, and i now know that’s normal. i know to just keep going through the crappy part and then it’ll feel better
- never quit during those first 20-30 minutes, just wait for it to feel better. it always does.
- i don’t always feel like going for a run but i always feel better when it’s over
- some runs give me that amazing runners high, and some don’t. can’t tell which will be the ‘good’ days. just have to do them all.
- always feel better on the days when i run than the days when i don’t
- i eat less on running days than other days (hmm…)
- listening to This American Life on my tiny shuffle can pass the longest hour, running uphill, in the cold pouring rain. (i should use this diversion more often in real life)
- if I start with walk 2, run 2, eventually i can do a marathon (i started sobriety with 2 days on, 2 days off, then worked up to a week off, 2 days on. now i’m doing 30 days off. i guess my marathon is coming up!) i know this analogy won’t work for everyone, super problem drinkers probably can’t practice being sober. i could. i’m one of the lucky ones.
- during a marathon, i will be looking around on the side of the road for a place to puke (i won’t puke, but i’ll feel like it) … but once i cross the finish line, i will be soooo elated; i slept that night for 12 hrs and I was on a super-big-high that lasted two weeks, and it truly changes your life and changes your belief in yourself and what you CAN achieve