As in starting back at square one. Uno. As in starting over.
After a hiatus so embarrassingly long I'm not quite sure how long it lasted, I blew the dust off my running shoes (Mizuno Creation in case anyone cares), hooked my sports bra and hit the street. Don't worry, I was wearing normal running attire as well.
For the first mile or so I felt every last doughnut, brownie, slice of pizza, basket of chips and salsa, and other assorted junk that I have chosen to eat these last several weeks. Or is it months? Um, didn't I reactivate my Weight Watchers membership at some point?
Y'all. It was hard. My legs were like lead. Lead covered with sugar and cheese.
In an effort to just survive, I changed my run/walk intervals from 5:1 down to 3:1. Good call. I survived 4 miles at an average pace of 12:15. I'll take that.
Highlights from the run:
Lovely evening, not too hot, no skeeters. Scott and Annelise keeping me company for a while on their bikes. Wishing I was on a bike. Watching a hang-glider as the sun set. Feeling my legs moving, my breath laboring, my body jiggling, sweat dripping actually felt pretty good, all things considered. To the people in their boat in the canal, sorry if I startled you. Pressing stop on my Garmin the second I reached 4 miles. Stretching.
Since I believe almost every life experience can relate to an episode of Seinfeld, I wanted to close with a quote from Kramer in honor of my first run in a long time and being out there, Jerry and loving every minute of it. (Strictly related to running of course).
But I couldn't find it. So you'll have to settle for this compilation of all time favorite scenes and catch phrases. Enjoy. And go ahead, laugh a little, it's good for you.