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“Whether you run a mile or a marathon, you’re a runner.” (Anonymous)
I am still very much at the lower end of this spectrum, but I am starting to feel like a “runner” again. A little over a month ago, I started up again. I’m a regular gym-goer, but I haven’t done much running since the fall we moved into our house (2011). I’m not sure if I burned out last time, or things came up and I fell out of the routine (probably!), if the seasons changed and it got too cold to run outside, or if I got sucked into some different workouts for a while. One way or another, I got away from it. And in recent weeks I was suddenly determined to pick it up again.
I have some getting in shape to do before I can cover any real distance, and I’ve definitely learned my lesson about starting slowly to avoid injuries. This time around, I’m using the Zen Labs C25K app and I LOVE it. I like that they don’t interrupt you too often except to tell you when to start running/walking and when you’ve hit the half-way point. And I love how I can control my playlists from within the app (no switching back and forth to my iTunes). I can look ahead and see the details of any of my workouts — I like to know what’s coming, even it freaks me out! 🙂 I’ve actually already downloaded the 10k app as well that, when I’m ready, will pick up where the 5k ends (whaaa?! me? a 10k?!). I’m about 2/3 through the 5k app (an 8-week program) and running about 5 miles a week right now. I feel great…so much so that I’m just starting to think about setting a bucket list goal for myself in the next twelve months…to tackle a half marathon. Not to accomplish an amazing race time or anything, but to simply say I did it. Augh, I’m hesitant to put that out there in writing, but it IS something I’m considering!