Let’s start over and run that again

I started out writing this post about how disappointed I have been about getting back into running. But as I’m writing it, I am changing my tune and deleting everything I’ve written so far.

I have been feeling lately that starting over with running and working out hasn’t been moving along very fast, but I’ve actually just now noticed how far I have come. Plus, I was chatting online with a friend who said he liked my “good things happening” blog posts, so I’m going to focus on the good here.

I took an entire month off from running. If you look at my RunKeeper history, you’ll see 13.21 miles on June 1 and you won’t see anything else until 2.84 miles on July 1. The latter “run” was more of a walk with a very short moment of running thrown in that I wrote about in On the road again. Since then, I’ve been running only about twice a week, but this week I’m stepping it up to three times.

runkeeper running work outs gym race pace speed stephanie hughes stolen colon crohns ostomy blogIn that short amount of time, and very few runs, I’ve actually had a pretty big improvement. On that July 1 run, I averaged 17.11 minutes/mile (like I said, it was really a walk.) A few days later, I gave some actual running a try and dropped that to 14:30 minutes/mile. Since then, I have dropped it a whole minute/mile to 13:29 today. And that’s really just because I got worn out at the end and walked a decent part of the final 3/4 of a mile. Looking at my splits, I actual did 12:14 for the second mile.

I’m not going to be ashamed of the fact that it is taking me some time to get back to it. I’m going to remember that I am making progress, even if it’s slow. And although it’s a little frustrating that my endurance is so low right now, I know I will get it back, I just have to be willing to put in the work again.

3 thoughts on “Let’s start over and run that again

    1. Stephanie Hughes Post author

      Thank you, Peter. Yes, it has been hard getting back into the routine and frustrating to not be where I was before. But thank you for the encouragement. I needed that. Hope you are able to get back at it soon!

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