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.
In 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.