Friday, April 8, 2011

99 Days

I have never denied the fact that I am a lazy person.  If I get an extra day off of work, you can bet that my only plan will be to sleep as much as possible.  There's not much that I love more than pulling on a pair of pajamas and sitting on the couch with a glass of wine and a book (or the computer).  But that's all over now.

After 99 days of either putting absolutely no weight on my foot, a lot of sitting on my ever-widening ass, or spinning away mindlessly on my trainer, I'm finally able to start running again!  And I did.  On the 100th day.  :)

I need to clarify though.  I'm using the word "running" very loosely here.  My goal was 30 minutes, distance didn't matter.  Pace didn't matter.  All I needed to do was move for 30 minutes.  I alternated 1 minute of running and 4 minutes of walking - just like I did over three years ago when I was first learning how to run.  It was an amazing experience.  I was a little sore and felt it in my foot and calf, but it wasn't painful.  I only covered a mile and a half (approximately.  I didn't want to measure it out) and who knows how much of that I actually ran, but it was awesome.

My new plan is to lay off the racing.  For a long time, when I first started running and up through my first marathon, being slow really didn't bother me.  I was out there, doing something that I enjoyed, and that's what mattered.  But somewhere along the way, I let it get to me.  And little by little, running lost it's glamour.  I couldn't find the enjoyment in it and it was such a chore.  I need to rediscover that and I think the way to do that is to just go out there, and run.  No watches, no training plans, no structure at all.  All I want now is to feel my body moving.


HopeStrife said...

You know, I tend to mention you and Aliza to my customers a lot. There are a few marathon runners who will be happy to hear that you are running again... it's like some weird connection you all have... like you're pug owners. Yeah... just wanted to tell you that. A few wished you well too. I hope you don't mind.