Today 1 workout, 1 mile day 4 of 100

I arrived at the gym with just time for a 10-minute workout. I was planning to run my daily 1 mile after class so I wanted to work out before class. I quickly set up a 55-lb barbell, started the clock and did 5 strict press, 5 strict pull-ups, AMRAP 10 minutes. I got 9 full rounds. After four, I added weight, so the bar was 65 lbs. After three rounds I started having to break up the pull-ups into 3 and 2, and on my final round, into 2, 1, 1, 1.

I taught my class, did some office work, and got home around 11:45. I walked half of my “leave from home” mile route, started running when I got to 24th and Yesler, and ran the mile in 9:43. Then I took a walk to look at this brick apartment building and its large private garden that I think are beautiful, on 18th and Fir.

I missed a turn on my mile and doubled back about four houses’ distance. Probably my time would have been 9:23 or so if I hadn’t made that error — very close to yesterday’s time.

I was a bit self-conscious running on the neighborhood sidewalks rather than down on the lake shore where everyone’s always running. I forgot to focus on relaxing. I had no pain, no soreness in my left hip where I’d had it yesterday. The discomfort seems to come from my achilles area on both sides, from the pounding in my feet despite trying not to heel strike, and from general tension in my lower legs. It’s not pain and I’m not worried about my achilles — they feel the same on both sides. I stretch them a little before starting, the calf more, and I stretch everything more after I’m done than before I start.

Tom and I were talking about whether running is boring. I and others who don’t like running often say that. But if walking isn’t boring and bike riding isn’t boring, it ought to be easily possible for running not to be boring. I think what I’ve thought of as “boring” in running is actually the tedium that comes from being uncomfortable but feeling you’re required to continue the activity for a specified amount more time. This does happen in cycling and walking — you get to the point where you’re ready to be done, but you still have a long way to go. At that point, it could be described as boring. And this happens sooner when running — for me, anyway. So I’ll say running isn’t boring, but it’s unpleasant. The beauty of running one mile is that it is less than ten minutes! How unpleasant can it be.