Patience

I started running again last week. And it didn’t go well. I typically don’t run over the winter. I don’t like treadmills, I don’t like running in the dark, I don’t like running in the ice and snow. That combination makes it pretty tough to run through a Minnesota winter. But I stay in shape with hockey and boot camp and, this year, some cross-country skiing.

So running last week was tough. A year ago at this time I had my arm in a sling and I was limited to a careful walk. I know, boring. When I was finally cleared to run, three months post, I started where I had left off, with a three mile loop. I did that a few times a week and gradually I developed Plantar Facsiatis and IT Band Syndrome. But guess who kept running?

On Thanksgiving morning I ran a rather meager 5k, my online incentive the cinnamon roll at the finish line. Needless to say, I need help.

I downloaded the Couch-2-5k app and I’m giving it a shot. It’s teaching me patience. To listen to my body. And not push it like last summer. The first two runs were okay. It’s amazing how different running is for your body. That constant motion vs the interval training I’m used to. At the beginning of a run it’s easy to listen to the prompts, but toward the end I find I have energy left and I want to run farther than my body is ready for.

I’ll get there. Someday. xoxo

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