Yep, I've started running again. I went on my first run in quite a while last night. I have to say that I felt pretty good. I ran two miles. It's not much, but it's a good start.
I decided that after the time change I would start running again. Since it's light out for an extra hour at night now, I can go once Ben gets home from work. I didn't want to before because it was dark out and even though we live in a good neighborhood, it's still scary. Even last night I noticed some strange people on the main road by our house. Not that I think anything would have happened, but I might as well not take any chances. Maybe I worry too much? Better safe than sorry.
I felt good though. By the second mile I was starting to feel the out-of-shape-ness. Especially up the gradual hill by our house. And by the last little bit of uphill, I was about ready to just stop but I persevered. I even sped up at the end to finish strong.
This is the longest I've ever gone with out running almost every day. I started running in high school when my friend, Usa, persuaded me into joining the cross country team my junior year. I was a little over weight my sophomore year. Starting the cross country team and running intensely every day like that while a little over weight was almost the hardest thing I've ever done. I just took it one day at a time and tried to make it through each run and eventually I was in shape. By my senior year, after running all year, playing basketball all summer I was in peak shape. I ran 4-5 days a week in college and even after college. Ben and I even started training for a marathon before we got married. After making it to running 12 miles I had to stop because my foot was bothering me. And we decided that we probably wouldn't continue training while we were on our honeymoon (who wants to run over 15 miles in Hawaii?). Then, I got pregnant. Besides the handful of times I've tried to run after Luke is born, I haven't consistently ran since July 2008. Wow, it's been a long time. I'm hoping to make this a habit. I really miss it.