TITLE: Forming a New Old Habit
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: February 26, 2007 6:00 PM
I've been frustrated in the last week by my inability to run.
recovering from my downtime,
I worked in a week of 3-milers, and then flew to Arizona for
ChiliPLoP. In Carefree, I was able to run twice, extending
my time on the road in an effort to rebuild stamina. While
I wasn't quite ready to
circle Black's Mountain
yet, I was able to enjoy the beautiful terrain of the February
desert. The hills made it a bit difficult for me to estimate
distance from my times, but I did manage to run for 43 and 41
Then came the frustration. After the second of my Carefree
runs, I lost a few days to the last day of the conference and
the travel home. I'm willing to run under crazy circumstances,
but driving home until 3 AM makes it tough to run at 5 AM...
Then I caught up on work and sleep for a couple of days. Just
as I was ready to run, we were hit by some inclement weather.
I've gone on record for
running in the cold,
but there is one kind of weather that causes me pause: ice.
Cold can be addressed with layers -- more and better
layers of clothing. But a two-inch layer of ice, glassy and
transparent, is a whole different matter. Even the most
dedicated runners have to adjust.
But I am ready to run again, so it will happen. This morning,
I circumvented the ice by running indoors. Sticking with my
plan for a slow and steady return, I ran only four miles and
did my best to avoid the speed-up that come almost naturally
when I am running short laps in the presence of others.
Establishing new habits, even ones that used to be old habits,
takes time. Running offers a physical reminder of this, via
sore muscles and fatigue. But with time, the habit returns
to match the desire to run.