I last made regular use of this blog back when I was forming my habit of running — first weekly, then twice weekly, then daily — as a mode of keeping myself accountable. I kept track of time and conditions till it dawned on me that I was overinvesting in my running speed (which seemed, and still seems, to vary arbitrarily, day on day) and neglexcting my main interest in my morning run. I only do it so that I fulfil the minimal advice from physicians about keeping active, and to keep my breathing as open and deep as I can. I’m not going to run any marathons, nor any speed competitions. I will, however, not let myself just mutate into an academic potato. I’ve lost some weight, too, which brings me closer to the range my GP recommends, and it probably does good things to my blood pressure.
But once my daily run was no longer measured for speed, and once it had become so habitual that it’s almost automatic, the value of the blog as an accountability device ebbed. And in term-time, every obligation weighs extra heavily, so that having to blog in the morning became one more source of stress. Since I was doing it just for my own sake, it was easy to let go.
Since summer is here, now, and I’ve fulfilled all the urgent daily-ish obligations of the year, I have a number of things to accomplish during the summer, and the value of an accountability mechanism increases. So I’ll try to blog here about how I’m spending my time, so that the summer doesn’t just slip away without my noticing.
Here’s what I want to do:
If I think of anything else, I’ll come back and add it here. That’s a good bit of accountability — even a little intimidating — but I’ll be more likely to get more of it done if I have to write it down.