PART I: MY 8K

I feel terrible because I NEVER wrote about how my 8K went! I didn’t really feel inspired to write anything, but nevertheless it was inconsiderate of me. The explanation is, that I never felt inspired to say anything about it. I was, in fact, remarkably uninspired throughout most of my running experience. To be honest with you, I still hate running. I felt very accomplished after my 8K because I made myself practice doing something I hated for about 5 months, and that takes some serious will power, but I have not run a single step since. I was finishing the last of my 8K thinking to myself over and over: “after this, if I don’t want to, I NEVER HAVE TO RUN A SINGLE STEP AGAIN!!!!” Which tells you something about how much I hated running – hate running, that is.

The race didn’t go terribly. I finished it in 1:01:12, which I believe in layman’s terms is one hour, one minute, and 12 seconds. I probably could have run faster, but not knowing the course well enough was a psychological downfall. I felt like it might never end. Did it end around the corner? Was I one mile in? I found after the first 15 minutes I completely lost track, and it was incredibly difficult to keep going. I wish I had known the course better. Oh well – I DID IT. So there. And I have no desire to keep running on a regular basis right now.

PART II: MY NEW CHALLENGE

From: rightattitudes.com

My new challenge, starting tomorrow, June 12th, 2011, is to avoid Facebook for the next 30 days.

My problem began this week. I had surgery last week, and since then I’ve been relatively immobilized. Unable to engage in exercise or other physical activity for the coming 5 weeks (1 week down!) I have upped my Facebook intake to a toxic level, stooping even to Facebook creep people I do not know. This has to stop.

I feel like I’m the kind of person who could potentially be incredibly creative and productive during this downtime, so I need to redirect my energies. I think Facebook is not only a time and productivity sucker, but I also think I rely on Facebook when I should be making more direct attempts to contact and re-connect with friends. I also feel like it can be emotionally draining to wait for someone to contact you through Facebook, and continuously check to see if they have, only to be disappointed. As I have found the last couple days that turning off my phone is often more tolerable than waiting for it to ring, I’m hoping that simply disconnecting from Facebook will be more tolerable than trying to ignore it.

I wanted so badly to wait to start my challenge. I’m so bored right now, and also, I love getting my birthday messages so much! But as we have covered in previous posts, there’s never a good time for a challenge, so here I go diving head first into new (or old-fashioned?) territory. No more Facebook.

See you in productivity land!

Disconnectedly yours,

-C