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Project 7020 πŸƒ My Longest Run

Project 7020 πŸƒ My Longest Run

April update and 5 more things I learned
Projekt 7020 from 30 before 30

After my parents visited me for two weeks and a little caught, I was 200km behind my target and decided to catch up during the last weeks. I spend hours on my gym's workout bike. Because I chose not to watch any videos while working out, I was often bored ... and I have to admit that I watched some episodes of my favourite YouTuber playing Dark Souls anyways.

I also focussed more on running and was surprised by the distance I could go. I found a beautiful cross It'stry track close to me, and while I usually aim for about 4 miles, I managed to do my first 10 mile run yesterday. In the end, I had to run away from a thunderstorm and ended up in some insane rain, yet standing under an alternating hot and cold show right afterwards was one of the best feelings I ever had. The moments right after pushing my body to the extreme don't compare to anything else.

But why was I able to run so far? I sat down to think about it and came up with 5 more things I learned during my journey towards 7020km:

  1. Progress (and decline) are delayed reactions
    My body needs time to build new muscles, burn fat, and show the results of my work. I often feel like I am not making any progress just to be surprised by my achievements or the look in the mirror. Though, I have to be aware that decline is delayed in the same way. If I am happy with myself and start eating unhealthy again, I also don't see the effects immediately and might conclude that I can continue eating pizzas - which would be a mistake.
  2. I improve when it hurts
    The last mile, when my legs hurt and I am tempted just to walk, is the time I improve the most. I have to push myself to the limit to make progress and cannot stay within my comfort zone.
  3. Sleep
    I have had a Whoop on my wrist for a few months, which gave me fascinating insights into an area I am struggling with: sleep. I am not missing any sleep, but I am too inconsistent in the times I go to bed and wake up, and I decided to change that. For a few weeks, I wake up at 06:07 am and go to sleep around 10:00 pm, paying attention to whether my Whoop suggests I sleep a bit more. The first mornings were tough, but I got into a rhythm fast and can tell that I benefited from this.
  4. It's ok to make mistakes - just restart
    I watched YouTube videos while working out, even though I told myself I won't. I also missed parts of my morning routine the other day and slept in despite my new schedule. All of this is ok if I am mindful of what I did, recognise it without judgement, and then continue on the right path. In the past, e. g. when I tried to stop watching YouTube, it only took one weak day, and I gave up on my efforts. It is important to accept my mistakes and don't be mad at them (something I learned through Waking Up. Β 
  5. Progress is done in the kitchen
    I burned 1.500 calories on my 10 miles run, which is around the same as in one bag of Snyder's Pretzel Pieces or a container of Ben & Jerry's - and I definitely eat those more often than I run. It is easier to cut out calories in my diet than to burn them working out. What I put in my body is the foundation of my progress -it's literally what my body is made of- and I am convinced that part of my improvement is due to healthier eating habits (I try to cut out meat and sugar).

I am still in love with this project and can slowly see my progress. I have to pay attention to keep going, and I am looking forward to what I will learn (and share with you) next.

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