With warmer weather finally on the horizon (I still won’t consider 50 degrees as warm yet, even if it does feel “nice” in comparison to winter temps), I’m pretty stoked about running outside again. It’s been a long and cold winter season, and I really dislike being cooped up in a gym, forced to run on a treadmill to get my cardio in.
But with 50+ degree weather pretty much locked in now that spring has arrived, I’m ready to get out on the trail and run each and every day.
It’s not that I’m overweight by any means. Heck, it’s not that I’m even “out of shape”, so to speak. I participated in an alumni basketball tournament at my high school back at home just the other weekend, and that involved playing 4 games in 2 days! So I’m definitely in okay shape for my age.
But what I do know is that I want to lose a few pounds before summer hits. I’m not trying to have some insane beach bod by any means. Heck, I don’t even care if I still have a bit of a tummy. I’ve owned that for long enough at this point that I kinda enjoy rocking the dad bod.
But why I am interested in losing a few pounds and getting in the habit of running is that it’s good for my long term health. There’s no better way to boost the health of your heart than to run. It gets your blood pumping throughout your entire body, your lungs benefit exponentially, and running is just great for your mood and brain in total. I’m so stoked to sleep better at night, wake up feeling more rested, and have a better outlook and disposition on life in all.
Heck, from here, the only other “goals” of sorts that I want to hit involve buying a disability insurance policy and looking for a new place to live by midsummer when my lease is up. The disability insurance is something important to me since I’m at the age that having my insurances on lock is quite important. And searching for a new apartment or home is something I’m excited to look into rather than be anxious about now that I’m already familiar with the city I live in.
Things are looking up in my life and I couldn’t be happier about that. The only thing to keep in mind is that once you’re back in the saddle, you’ve gotta find ways to improve upon staying in it and not give yourself excuses to fall out once again.