Feelin’ it

Well, I was so inspired by Bubba’s running performance yesterday that I decided to try it for myself today.

It’s been a while, obviously. A few years ago, I was in a running group and after one month I was able to run two-and-a-half miles nonstop. Then, of course, I got plantar fasciitis and achilles tendinitis and had to stop.

Recently, I ran a quarter-mile straight, while doing a killer walk on the treadmill. Today I thought I’d see if I could do a half mile.

I put in my insoles, laced up my new running shoes, turned on my ipod and turned the TV morning show on mute, then got to work. I set my speed to 5 mph, which is pretty slow, a 12 minute mile. I breezed past a quarter mile, then a half mile. I kept going, got into a nice rhythm, and found myself enjoying the exercise. Another lap went by, indicating that I had gone three-quarters of a mile.

I was pumped. Let’s do a whole mile, I thought. Wouldn’t that be cool?

The mile went by easily. My breathing was a little rough, but not enough to slow me down. I kept going.

I eventually did one-and-a-half miles, nonstop. I probably could have gone a bit longer, but knowing my tendency to overdo, I held back. I walked quickly for the next quarter mile, then ran again the last quarter mile.

I was pink-faced and very sweaty. I think I scared O’Baby when he saw me after the workout. And now he knows how to say “Whew!” just like Grandma.

My thighs started aching shortly after my run. And so did my abs, which pleased me because that meant I was keeping my core muscles tight while running.

I’ll be paying for this workout for the next few days, I know. But now I know I can do it, and I’ll keep trying until it’s a habit. And I’ll do the wii fit plus for yoga, etc.

That’s the plan.