By now I’m sure we’ve all seen one or been tagged in one … and I’m talking about the “see X amount, do X amount” of working out “challenges”. Push-ups, running or Burpee’s, they are a viral sensation going around social media during this time of Quarantine.
Today I decided to go for a run outside. Mind you it’s been 25 days since the last time I ran outside because I just can’t get past the idea of trying to breathe and run while my mouth and nose are covered by a mask or some other home made variation. However, I was challenged last week in the “run five (kilometers per miles), tag five” so I thought I would give it a try today.
Needless to say it was awful. The slowest I have clocked per mile in months, and of course the amount of time that has passed since my last run has definitely taken a toll on my endurance. Running with a mask over my nose and mouth while I was attempting to breathe was truly as awful as I envisioned it would be, maybe even more. I only managed to muster 2.77 miles of “running” a.k.a. jogging and walking before I was completely out of breath. I gave it my best, however it wasn’t enough.
…Wait WHAT? Wasn’t enough? No, it was exactly enough. It was as much as I felt I could muster without overexerting or injuring myself, or passing out on the side of the road (it’s something around 75° and very sunny here today) and I let “being challenged” to do something (for a split second) morph into my own measure of success. This is not the case.
My point to all this is that yes, you can do whatever you want. You can do as much or as little as you want. You can do any variation of walking, running, jogging, modified push-ups, modified Burpee’s, or even just putting on your athletic clothing and willing yourself to even try. Nothing and nobody can or will invalidate your efforts unless you allow that. My challenge is not for anyone else to do any amount of running, it is for people to try every day to push their own boundaries a little bit further and give it their all.