This afternoon I drove myself to the gym and hopped on a treadmill. I haven't run since January so I am starting over from scratch. I decided to ease my way back into running with a Couch to 5k running app. I'll be doing 3 days of training a week which is honestly all I did during marathon training. And if I'm really being honest, 3 times in a week would be a really good week during marathon training.
5 min walk.
90 second walk. 60 second run (8 times)
5 min cool down walk
Since my pace before was a 5.7 mph pace, I planned to do my run segments today at a 5.0 mph pace.
I punch that number in the treadmill and start running. Nope, too fast. Everything felt a little ummm... floppier than usual. I lowered it to 4.6 mph. As I ran, I focused on relaxing my upper body since I tend to tense up and then get nasty shoulder and neck pains. I didn't break any records today, but I gave myself a solid start which made me happy.
After I finished, my mind felt blissfully quiet - something that it hasn't been for a very long time. Reminds me of why I run. My husband found this great cartoon here which says it better than I can. Here's a short snippet:
Yep... especially the cake.