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.