Early one morning this week when I went outside to get in the car to head to work, I was irritated that the weather was so nice out (in the 60's), and I couldn't go for a run. That is an odd feeling-especially lately. I enjoy running, but when I haven't been running regularly, the thought of heading out for a jog is normally the last thing on my mind.
This morning I slept in, and when I got up, the sun was out, and it was in the 60's again! It was my day to go for a run. It has been a looooooong time since I have been out for a run-months-so I didn't know what to expect from myself. Would I need to revert back to doing Week 1 of Couch to 5K? Or would I be able to maintain running for the full 30 minutes? I was just going to play it by ear. I started slow-my goal was to finish with walking as little as possible-I was going for running, not for distance. After 5-10 minutes I just knew that I would not be able to make it the full 30 minutes. I figured when I got to 14 minutes, I would walk for 1 minute, and then run again for another 14. But somehow I got distracted-maybe it was the nasty smell of the factory that burned down months ago blowing my direction, or maybe it was my legs itching me like crazy-grrr-I hate this side effect of running! But around 20 minutes I happened to notice that I was still running without having to walk. At this point I told myself that I just had to finish out with a non-stop jog. I slowed down some at this point-I was getting tired-but my goal was just to finish. And finish I did! I am so proud of myself for running the full 30 minutes! If it weren't for the Gazelle keeping me in shape, I know I could not have done it. I am ready for my next time out-hopefully sooner than later!