I ran today.

I was supposed to run yesterday, but I was swamped from morning until night.  This, after 14 weeks of non-running, and I just had no time.

This morning, everyone left.  Harley Guy went home, boys went to school, and I read the paper like I always do, but I did it quickly.  I couldn’t wait.

I turned on the Garmin, and completely forgot how to use it.  It took me  a minute to clear my old runs, and to zero out the machine.  I put on all the gear and got my music ready.  A quick note here about music:  I love Spotify.  I love that you and I can listen to each others’ music together.  However, when I run…it’s just me, the road and my tunes.  So.  I guess I’ll just download a wee bit onto my iPod, instead of always using Spotify.  Also, I don’t run with my phone.  Normally.

I walked to the end of my block with a big smile on my face.

I turned the corner, and with the sounds of  “Take it Easy” and “Be careful” rambling around in my brain, I decided that I would run block to block.  Then I would walk a block.  I couldn’t wait.

I started, and the first thing I noticed was that my lungs were on FIRE.  Like, I haven’t felt this exhilaration in weeks.  It burned for about 10 seconds, and then.  I was running.  14:00 pace, but I didn’t care.  I walked and ran.  I promised I would start slowly, so I said, okay.  I will do one mile.  I will turn around at the halfway point.  I didn’t do that.  I got up to the overpass…my hill…and Jump Around by House of Pain came on.  Maybe my favorite running song.  I just couldn’t stop.  I ran a little up the hill.  I was smiling.  I was happy.

I thought, well.  I will turn around at Mile 2.

Mile 2 came, and Bohemian Rhapsody came on.  How could I stop now?  I just kept up the run/walk until I got home.

5K at 44:xx and burned 345 calories.

And.  I smiled all the way.  My heart.  So happy.

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