Aug 5, 2012
I Surprised Myself This Week
So, get ready to have your socks knocked off.
I've started running again. Okay, so if you don't know me well, your socks may still be on, but I have not been consistently running since about 2004. (Yeah, exactly.) Now, keep in mind that I use the term running quite loosely as what I do is a sort of shuffle that is probably barely faster than a brisk walk.
It's only been a week, and I have yet to run for a full mile without a walking break (or two), but to be honest, my goal at this point is only to be able to run for two or three miles without walking. Even in my prime eight years ago (yikes has it really been that long?), I did not have lofty time or long distance goals. Basically I want to be able to say, I'm going for a run and then have a comfortable few miles and be done.
For so long I did not want to start running again because I knew I'd be frustrated to not immediately be able to pick up where I left off. But it's been so long now that I have zero expectations to be able to run for more than a block at a time. So, the fact that it's only been a week and I can make it a half mile without walking makes me feel pretty good. Well, I feel good when my lungs aren't burning and my legs don't feel like they have forty pound weights attached to them. So basically, I feel good when I'm taking a walking break or when I'm done.
All kidding aside, it has been surprisingly invigorating. And I hope that I can continue through the fall and even winter. But we'll see. I'm keeping my expectations and goals pretty low so that I don't get too easily frustrated. It's what works for me, what can I say?
(But I know Adam is hoping I'll feel confident enough to do a 5k fun run with him at the beginning of December. Truth be told, so am I.)
Now if you'll excuse me I need to go eat a giant sundae and take a nap. I did just "go running" after all.