I went for a run today, well a one-third run, two-thirds walk today. I’ll get back to a full run but I was satisfied with what I accomplished given that I can count on one hand how many times I’ve actually even attempted to run this month.
I never really gave up the walking. It is my preferred means of transportation and the primary reason I have been able to keep the weight off. I really stopped running on a regular basis last August when I tore my plantar fascia running. The doctor said no more running until it was completely healed and it took about eight weeks before my foot felt right again. Then there was a guy and I spent more time accommodating his schedule than taking the time I needed for me so I didn’t get runs in often. And then there was no guy and I started smoking again and the running stopped.
So today I made my first serious attempt and spending time with my old friend. Running always helped with a lot of things, not all physical. I took that time to turn the music up and just clear my mind. Nothing mattered when I ran. It is all about forward motion and I am all about forward motion so we complimented each other perfectly.
Today running informed me that it is not very fond of smoking and the rest of my body seemed to agree. I felt sluggish and had to slow down several times. This is an issue that needs to be addressed because I would much prefer the way running and exercise in general makes my body feel.
I love the way I feel after a run. I feel energized and become very aware of my body. It lets me know what needs work, what I am doing wrong and what I am doing correctly. Sure sometimes my body hurts after a long period of exercise but it is not a bad pain. It is a burn I look forward to. I understand why people become addicted to it.
I am going to try to get to a point where my run is more run than walk and soon enough it’ll be back to the patch for me because I just need this more. I need to focus on things that move me forward. I need the time to focus my energy on something good and healthy and I haven’t been doing nearly enough of that. It is always nice to get reacquainted with an old friend.