“One” is my word for 2013.
One New Years day, I resolved to run at least one mile each day. Yesterday was the 100th day that I’ve put on my running shoes and ran at least one mile.
Running one mile every day changes my life. Running one mile is easy. I can run a mile in 6 minutes. Faster than that if I want to push things. I’ve been running for 4 years. In that time, I’ve run 3 marathons, numerous half marathons, and run thousands of miles along the way.
Yet finding the time and energy to run a mile each day is the greatest challenge that I’ve set for myself as a runner. There are days that I don’t want to run. Days that I’m tired. Days that I have other work to do. Days that I think my legs could use a rest. Days where I’d rather do something else like watch TV or go to sleep. Days when it’s cold. Days when I don’t feel well. Days where I’d rather be at the dentist than on the treadmill.
And that’s the point.
Founding FreedMcKeen has taken all of my energy and effort. After last years Hartford Marathon, I found myself running a lot less. Some of that can be attributed to recovery. I was hurt heading into the marathon, hurt during it, and hurt after it. Taking time to heal is smart.
The injury that I suffered was caused by imbalance. Roads are graded to allow water to flow off them. The middle of the road sits higher than the side of the road. I’d run thousands of miles against traffic. My right leg was striking the road differently than my left leg. The imbalance resulted in pain in my IT band. I didn’t realize the cause until a therapist asked if I always ran against traffic. This was in March of this year.
She told me to switch things up and run with traffic. I’ve started doing this where safe to do so. It has made all the difference.
In December, I realized there was imbalance with my work life. Finding your footing when starting a law firm is hard. Very hard. My life used to have structure. I basically worked the same hours every week. I got the same paycheck. I had the same amount of vacation. In founding FreedMcKeen, I quickly found myself with none of those things. I was lost. I was losing running. There was always something else that I needed to do. There was imbalance.
Running one mile each day helps me achieve balance in my professional life. It’s how I’m finding my footing.
I’m going to write more on the power of “One” and how I’m incorporating it into my practice. There’s time for that later because I have to run.