The Joy of Running

So as I posted last week, my doctor gave me the OK to start running again this week – 1 mile at a time.

Tuesday, after a 10 mile bike, I did a 1 mile treadmill brick run. And you know what? Man, did I miss running!! I felt so awesome, it was the best. I started slow, figuring why risk it? For me, running 5.5 mph is slow (now… didn’t used to be!). But less than 2 minutes into it, I started edging the speed up, first to 6.0 mph; then 6.2; 6.4; 6.6… and finally I ran the last minute at 7.0 mph.

I wound up finishing my first mile in 9:35 – and it felt amazing. No pain, no twinges, nothing. I felt like I could keep running forever. I even finished my workout with 20 minutes of weights!

Wednesday, I tried again. This time, I did the weights first, and no bike ride. Then I hopped on the treadmill, and pounded out 1.1 miles in 9:50! I finished the first mile in 8:58. Nice and fast!

My doctor says I can go up 10% at a time, and I will not go from 1 mile to my scheduled 24 miles this week – no way! But I’m going to work my way up a little bit at a time – my next run should be 1.25 miles. With my triathlon less than 3 weeks away, I need to be able to run at least 3 miles off the bike to finish it. I’m sure I can do it!

As for the Queen City Marathon, well – I just don’t know. Every event is completely sold out, so I can’t switch to the half. I probably shouldn’t even attempt the full, but the thought of not trying is very alien to my hyper-competitive, obsessive Type A personality. (It really is a miracle I’ve never been injured before. 😛 )

However, right now none of that really matters. What matters is, I’m running again. I get to put one foot in front of the other, and lose myself in a good DVD, or my music, or better yet – my thoughts. I find that when I’m working out (especially swimming, but running too) I can solve so many seemingly impossible problems in my head!

And that, my friends, is a big part of the joy of running – the ability to lose yourself – or find yourself! in the activity and endorphins.

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2 Responses to The Joy of Running

  1. PlumPetals says:

    That’s awesome! I’m not a runner (yet) but I know the feeling of getting on the treadmill or cross-trainer or bike and giving it your all and trying to beat your time. Even a second less than a previous time feels good to me … and like you, I find my cardio time at the gym as a great place to untangle my thoughts (especially since I’m trying to finish up my PhD – if only I could type and workout at the same time!)

    Happy running! 🙂

    • Kris says:

      LOL – if you ever figure out how to do that, email me!! When I was working on my Masters, running was my salvation, otherwise I’d have eaten my way through school!

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