My Triumphant Return

To running that is…

The last few years have been a kind of a mess with young kids and that whole relocation across country thing.  I won’t lie, food is has been my stress outlet during a lot of it, so on went the pounds.  After feeling like a complete lazy slob (as opposed to my normal state of part time lazy slob), this week, I started to run again.

I’m trying to start super slow so I don’t burn out out of the gate, or injury myself (and have an excuse to not run.)  So, I’ve been shooting for around the 30 minutes.  The first day out, my body revolted; it was not happy to leave its sloblike state.  The next day, I tried to get my preferred early morning (4:30, yikes) start time and was greeted by 41 degree temperatures and heavy drizzle.  The next morning it was dry, but only 36.

Surviving that rather rough start, I think I’m back on track.  Everyday sucks just a little less (words to live by.) The challenge now is to keep the streak going and not find excuses to blow off running.

Some observations on returning to running:

  • 4:30 is early.  Yeah, with my crazy schedule, I’m trading in sleep time for exercise.
  • 4:30 is dark.  I’ve been sticking to sidewalks in my somewhat street lit neighborhood for now.
  • 4:30 is quiet.  I like this part.
  • The first few days are the hardest.  Post those first few runs, I was hobbling around the folks in the Day After the Marathon Commercial.
  • My running related muscles seem to remember how to work, but how to breathe when running seems to be something I need to re-learn.  Other than on the first day, I haven’t been really out of breath, but have to concentrate on keeping breathing in sync with pace.
  • Getting out the door is hard, but I never regret running afterward. Its a great mood booster and energizer that lasts for hours.  Oddly enough, even though I’m burning calories, I’m less hungry.

Enough rambling and back patting for now.  Let’s see if I can keep my streak up.

 

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