As a First Aid Consultant, I don’t have a very active job. Basically, I’m paid to stay around the first aid station (otherwise known as the “FAC Shack”), and be on call in case injuries or illnesses happen. Being a FAC is a bit like being a fighter pilot; 99% boredom, interspersed with 1% sheer terror.
So, in an effort to:
- Make my day a bit more interesting
- Improve my health and physical fitness
- Get away from my routine and camp (for a short time)
I have started running each day. I started this a few weeks ago.
The only problem is, right now I feel like I’m regressing in my running ability rather than progressing. I went for a run this afternoon, and managed to stumble along for about a mile. This, of course, made me quite unhappy. Now granted, several factors played into it. It’s stupid, crazy hot around here right now, and I have been going for a run mid-afternoon which tends to be the hottest part. Also, I’m developing an excellent case of shin splints, and I don’t have a rubber band to fix them with. I’d like to just stop running for the rest of the week until it becomes cooler and I get a rubber band, but I’m afraid to loose what I’ve gained by not running for multiple days in a row.
I know I’ll get there, and I don’t run expecting miracles (more so with hope for the future). But at the same time, it would feel good to make a little bit of progress for once…