Well those drifters days are past me nowI’ve got so much more to think about
Deadlines and commitments
What to leave in, what to leave out
Against the wind
I’m still runnin’ against the wind
I’m older now but still running
Against the wind
No, I’m not a Bob Seger fan. But yesterday that song got stuck in my head, and it won’t leave! Yes, I was literally running…against the wind.
Running fever has struck again. The husband has started to take walks–a lot of them–and as you might know, this is something I’ve been doing for more than a year now on my lunchbreaks with my work buddies. (Shout out to my superfantastic work buddies!!) Last autumn, I started the Couch to 5K program but stopped when the Northeast was pummeled with subfreezing temps and ice for weeks on end.
But guess what? I’m back. Kinda.
My husband and I have a mutual best friend who has become addicted to walking and occasionally running. It’s been about 2 months, and our friend has lost around 25 pounds so far. It’s motivating us to better incorporate fitness into our lives on a regular basis. Yesterday, this friend invited me to meet him at the track at 8:30 in the morning for a walk/run. I nervously accepted, unsure I’d be able to keep up with his running as I haven’t done it in quite a while (except for 1 random day a few weeks ago) and never was really good at it.
You know what? I kept up! And later, he texted me that he suspects I could have kept going and that maybe I was holding back. After thinking about it a while, I agree now that I could have pushed myself harder. So I think I will.
My brother had given me a Target gift card for my birthday, so I went there yesterday and spent the whole thing on some running clothes. Nothing fancy, in case I give it up after a few weeks–just a jacket to get me through the fall, and a decent tank/sports bra combo.
The thing motivating me to try this whole running thing again is that feeling I had afterward, which lasted 3-4 hours. I felt the runner’s high I had forgotten all about. I had so much energy that I didn’t know how to use it! I didn’t crave caffeine. I was in a good mood–it’s true about the endorphins! And it was a social activity, which is important for my unmotivated self. I’m motivated to do ALL THE THINGS except exercise. I tend to need a buddy to get me off the couch. So now that my husband and our friend are both into walking and running–and both have fairly open schedules–I shouldn’t have to search high and low for a partner.
The best part? Today, I’m not even sore.
So I think there will be more running in my future. I’ve committed to getting out to the track at 8:30 every Sunday morning with my friend. It’s a good start, I think. In addition to that standing appointment, I’ll try to work in some running when I can just because it feels good and is a good reminder that I am strong and can accomplish what I set my mind to do.