Just Got to Let Them…
First off, thank you everyone for the kind comments on the streak, both in the comments and privately. That means a lot to me that my blogs have helped in some form or another.
A couple things about streaks. You don’t do them for other people or to match anyone else’s streak. You do them for yourself only. That is what gives them power. They drive you to do something that at some point in the past you thought was a good idea or that would help you.
But remember with streaks. The idea is to let something build slowly over time.
Right now I am in a pretty intense focus on exercise and losing my pandemic weight. I have a lot of 10K fun runs and half-marathons this fall, and maybe even a marathon. I want to be in shape before those start in October.
I have made it to the gym the last few days, but my timing was off, timing meaning the time of the day. The time of day I was going was not sustainable. Sort of like saying I would get up every morning early and blog. Uhhh, nope. These blogs happen at night.
And I have set my writing time solidly now. After midnight, so most of the time these blogs will happen before writing, as I am doing this one.
But where to fit the gym time and how much to exercise?
Now Kris does 12,000 steps per day minimum and is on a streak now for years at that level, and that includes her early morning running, and she is on a two-year streak of over 100,000 steps per week. I help her by asking at times if she has gotten her steps like she asks me if I have blogged.
I did the math of that and I know for a fact that if I could start that exact same streak for me, I would get to the shape and weight I want to be at in fairly quick order. Certainly before a half-marathon on October 16th.
So I took the huge number of 12,000 steps and broke it into something that fits my mind. 10K for me, walking is about 11,000 steps with my stride. And my best time doing a 10K walking is 1 hour and 30 minutes. (My best time run/walking is 1 hour and 15 minutes.)
So the last two days at the gym I have been finding walking (indoor track) a 5k fairly easy. Not really a push. But a 10K would be a push, but I got a hunch after a week or so, not much of a push. But it would be a hard first week.
And that is the truth about any streak, writing, exercise, a sport. You name it, the start of a streak is ALWAYS HARD.
But getting 10K every day at the gym would make my day.
And Kris suggested I just do it first thing every morning, no matter what time I got up. I honestly don’t function well first thing, so why not just go walk? She has a point. That time would be sustainable if I could make it into a habit. I would be done with the exercise and my day and night would be free.
There is an old rule that I have found very, very true. It is called the 21/90 rule and I have no idea who came up with it.
It takes 21 days to form a habit and 90 days to make it part of your lifestyle. Seems about right to me.
So maybe a new streak is starting up.
We shall see how it goes.