What a day.
Woke up at 9:45, 15 mins before my last therapy appointment of the quarter. It was alright. We made some progress, I believe. I will be having fewer meetings over the course of next quarter, as I will be trying out this new group they’re doing. Like a kind of group therapy aimed at LGBTQ men (there will be some hetero people there, but it’s mainly catered to non-hetero students who identify as male). I’m interested to see how that’ll go.
After my appt, I went to work out for a while. The goal today was to bring my phone with me and time it so that I knew exactly how long it took me to run that mile.
My time was 3 minutes, 54.5 seconds. Naturally, I immediately posted this to my facebook profile, where my friends proceeded to gawk at my achievement.
And then one of my friends commented on how a mile is actually 8 laps around our school’s indoor track. That’s right. EIGHT.
This entire time, I’d only been running FOUR, thinking that was a mile.
Turns out an indoor track is only 1/8 or so of a mile, whereas the outdoor tracks at my old school (the only tracks we have there) were all 1/4 of a mile. So the entire time, I’d been thinking they were all the same. Oops.
Anyway, as soon as I found out, I mentioned it to a couple friends, who were all very supportive. I was initially becoming very depressed very quickly, because I felt so ridiculous and humiliated at having been so publicly foolish and wrong. But my friends thankfully reminded me that what I made was just an honest mistake and that it was still something to be proud of.
And they were right: being able to run four laps around an indoor track without stopping in just 3 minutes and 54.5 seconds IS something to be proud of. Especially since I have never been able to do something like that before.
I just had to think of it from another perspective. And now I feel a lot better about it all, even if a few people kinda did what I perceived to be kicking me when I was down, so to speak.
Turns out the fastest mile ever run was 3 mins 48 seconds or so.
My new goal is to be able to run an entire mile without having to stop. And then I will try to do so as fast as possible. Theoretically, my mile would be about 8 mins, but I’m not sure if I’m at the point where I could run 8 full laps at once. This definitely gives me a new goal to aim for.
Either way, I’m incredibly glad that I have such good friends in my life, and that they and my family are so supportive of me. I know a lot of people in this world cannot say the same, so I know I should count myself as lucky in that respect.
Anywho, after that, I packed up, got some food to go, and my roommate and I left town for home. He lives about half an hour away from my mom’s house, so it just made sense to give him a ride. We left around maybe 2:45pm and I got to his house at about 7pm (it’s a really long drive). I then got home at about 7 pm, and here I am.
Everything I brought is now unpacked and I’m ready to settle in. I’m excited for this spring break to happen. I just hope that it stops raining here. I’d like a little sunshine while I’m here, but if that doesn’t happen, I don’t think I’ll mind. I have a lot to keep me occupied here. Editing, a new video game, hanging with friends, and hopefully chances to go clubbing (which I’m most excited for) are all in store. It’s gonna be good.
I’m also thinking of gauging my ears a bit (been toying with the idea for a while) and possibly dying my hair. I’ve never done anything like that before, and I’m thinking I’d go red. Like, blood red. I’m not sure though haha. One of my friends wants me to dye it blue. I’m not sure if I could pull that off. Or red, for that matter. I guess we’ll see.
Either way, today has been pretty good. Even if I did spend a majority of it in a car with cramps in my lower back, butt, and legs. :)