Working from home has resulted in a pretty sedentary lifestyle. I’ve fallen into a routine that requires the least amount of physical activity. It used to be that I’d work from a coffee shop once or twice a week, and I’d be able to get some exercise in on my walk over. I stopped doing that for one reason or another and before I knew it, I was spending five days a week in my apartment.
A couple of weeks ago the manfriend asked me, “when’s the last time you left the apartment?” and I COULDN’T REMEMBER. Unlike a lot of people, I don’t go stir-crazy when I’m cooped up indoors. For one, I don’t think of it as being cooped up. I like being at home; I’m comfortable here. But that’s the thing… I think I’ve gotten too comfortable.
Fortunately with school underway, I’m forced to get out of the apartment twice a week. On the days that I have class, I pack up my work stuff and go to my grandparents’ house — it’s a few blocks away from school, so it’s really convenient. That way I can work, help them as needed, and get to school without rushing or fighting rush-hour traffic.
And on days that I don’t have class, the manfriend and I have decided to run in the mornings. He’s a runner, I’m not. For years my asthma has scared me out of running (that and I look like a jackass when I run). I’ve got my asthma (almost) under control now and I’ve convinced the top half of my body to let the lower half catch up — seriously, I run weird.
We’re doing Couch to 5K with the goal of running (not walking) a 5K this summer. He could run a 5K in his sleep, but he’s being a good sport and working with my pace. We started off on Monday, when it was 0 degrees with a negative windchill. My lungs were on fire. It felt like thumbtacks were pressing into them every time I took a breath. I don’t know if that’s from the asthma, first-time running, or cold weather. Maybe it was a combination of all them? But holy hell.
I was more aware of my breathing during our second run, so I was able to avoid some of the breathing troubles I experienced on day one. It can only get better from here!