Back On Track

I’m back on track with my training this morning after a week or so of not doing much. It’s pretty hot here in Hove and I woke up with a horrible headache. Probably a bit dehydrated after two alcohol free beers last night.

Needless to say, the thought of running in the heat was a bit daunting, but I knew that the longer I put it off, the hotter it would get. So, after two long glasses of cold water I got my running gear on and headed out to brave the heat.

Surprisingly enough, it didn’t feel that hot at 7:30 this morning. As I stepped out the front door, I was welcomed by a lovely cool breeze. It was much cooler than inside my flat, which I hadn’t been expecting given the recent rise in temperatures.

Still, I knew it would be hotter than I am used to when running and, since I haven’t been running regularly for the last week or so, I decided to take this morning’s run at a slow, steady pace.

When I got to half way, I couldn’t believe how far I had run. I made it much further along the seafront than ever before and it felt really good. I didn’t think I had been going that fast, but I guess even with last week’s break my fitness level is still improving.

I’m not using a GPS to track my distance as it eats up too much of my iPod battery if I want to use my C25K app and listen to music at the same time, but according to Google maps I did about 2.4 miles this morning.

While it’s tempting to try to push myself harder to run faster and further each time, one of the things I love about this whole program is that it’s not about how far or how fast you run, but the fact that you can run for longer each week.

It still blows my mind to think that I can now run for five minutes without stopping. Even at my incredibly slow pace, it feels like a huge achievement.

It doesn’t matter how fast or how slow we are, if we run every day or a couple of times a week, or if we take breaks from the routine every now and again. As long as we are running, we can call ourselves runners and that’s something to be proud of .

How’s your running going? Please share your thoughts and stories in the comments.

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6 responses to “Back On Track”

  1. John says :

    You did right not to push yourself to far too soon. It feels great to run doesn’t it!

  2. artisticsharon says :

    I marvel at the distance that I’m able to run now…knowing I was not doing any regular exercise a little over a month ago. You’re right though, it’s all about creating the habit…how fast or how far can be a different goal later. Yay for you!

  3. kshearing says :

    good on ya for getting back to it! just watch for running in the heat and humidity though. take it easy, and don’t push as hard as you might usually. heat stroke can be a killer!

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