I’ve successfully ran at least 1 mile for the past 8 days. I even moved the habit into the morning to account for busy evenings. It’s a great starting point to my day, gets the blood moving and removes a lot of the “dontwantto” from my head. I’m thankful that I’ve been able to keep it up.
I have noticed that the running has gotten easier. I have to run a bit longer and a bit faster to get the same huffing and puffing exhaustion from running. Of course, only a mile isn’t very far and 6.0 mph isn’t very fast, but I had to start somewhere.
I’m hoping to move up in distance shortly, moving to 1.25 and 1.5 miles daily. I don’t want it to get too big too fast, because I want this to be a small steps approach (thanks Sid). If I let it take up too much mental real estate too soon, I may give it up altogether. For that reason, I’m not super attached to the “every day” aspect or to any minimum distance. But I am making a strong commitment to run daily if it’s at all possible, or at least to put on my shoes and step on treadmill (or outside) if it’s not.
I’m open to other exercises also, like cycling or swimming, which might help avoid some of the joint wear & tear, but right now, running is the most accessible for me.