two measly miles

The sun finally came out this weekend and temperatures were in the sixties!  It was glorious and now it actually feels like spring is around the corner.  On the downside, little baby ran a fever most of the weekend.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

We did go on walks both Saturday and Sunday because I figured the sunshine, warm air, cool breeze, and blue skies could only make him feel better.  It has been so long since we’ve been able to take walks!  I’m excited for warmer weather on a daily basis!  I’m also excited for William to feel better because, like any momma, I hate seeing him sick.  He’s been a trooper despite his low-grade fever and few bouts of vomiting.

Friday night was trivia night for the school where I teach, and my co-workers and I always have a blast.  (We didn’t come anywhere close to winning, but it was still fun!  And did you know that it takes about 350 squirts when milking a cow to fill a gallon?)

Afterwards, we went on stage to take jumping pictures because, anyone who knows me, knows that I love jumping pictures!  It was a hilarious site and jumping pictures turned into all sorts of silly behavior including me busting out dancer’s pose:

Processed with VSCOcam with b1 preset

Because why not?

Turns out I was really just stretching in preparation for my Sunday plans.  The sun was shining and I was finally, finally going to tackle my one and only fitness goal for 2015: running.  I was nervous and excited all at once.  After all, it’s been over three years since I last ran.  That’s a long time.

I laced up my sneakers.  Turned on my Garmin.  Left the music at home since I wanted to focus on the run.  My plan?  Run two miles.  Two measly miles.  But I wanted to do it without stopping.  And if I’m being honest, I wanted to hold a ten-minute pace.  When I used to run, a ten-minute pace was slow for me.  Not to say I was super crazy fast or anything.  At my best, I ran half marathons and averaged eight-minute miles.  Shorter distances I could go a little faster.  I digress.

Yesterday was a new day.  A new beginning.  I tried not to let my expectations overtake my mind.  My end goal was just to finish, hopefully without walking.

The first quarter-mile of my run is a steep uphill.  It was tough and my lungs were burning.  I’d run this route a million times.  I needed to make it to the stop sign at the top of my street.  That was a mile away.  After the turnaround, it’s always much easier since I can coast downhill.  I tried not to look at my Garmin too often.  The first time I did and saw 11-something was slightly discouraging, but I reminded myself this was just the beginning.  My legs would find their stride.  My muscles would find their memory.

Fast forward two miles later:

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

I FINISHED!  I was huffing and puffing more than I care to admit, but I DID IT.  I ran those two measly miles without walking.  Not at my eight minute, or even ten minute pace, but I finished.  I went out there, started, and got it done.  New beginnings are always the scariest and the hardest, for running and for life.  But you know what?  In the end, it was ok.  Everything’s going to be ok.

I can’t wait to continue this journey in the new chapter of my life.

Maybe running is more like life than we once thought.  (Kind of like trees.)  Lesson learned?  Don’t give up.  Don’t ever give up.

Have you ever taken an extended break from something?  What was it?  How was it getting back into it?

// linking up with katie & erin //

15 thoughts on “two measly miles

  1. UGH THIS IS ME AND MY TWO MILES WAITING??
    fiction.
    THOSE MUSCLES.
    too long of a break and now Im afraid I dont have the stamina…there’s only one way to find out.

    xo

  2. Yes don’t give up! When I had my Laparotomy last summer, I couldn’t bodybuild/ spin for about 8-10 weeks. It was brutal. Going back on the spin bike felt so tough and lifting was such a challenge. But a solid three months later, I started to get back into the swing of things, then… I got pregnant (aka morning sickness). I haven’t seriously lifted since November and I probably won’t until September, that’s going to be a challenge! I’m still spinning with precaution, but of course, not the pace I normally.

  3. I give you props for getting back into it and just doing it! And for not being discouraged 🙂 you’ll get back into the swing of things! Just remember to enjoy it, that’s the whole reason you wanted to do it again in the first place, right?

  4. Go girl!!! I think that’s a great pace for not running in 3 years and doing 2 miles without stopping! That really is a big deal! In the HLB world, with runners doing marathons (what seems like) every other week, it can be hard to have a more realistic perspective of running. Anyway, I think what you did is awesome and a great step in accomplishing your goal!

  5. Your goal was kind of my goal this weekend. I planned on running my first run in a long time on Sunday but I spent most of the night awake with bad stomach pains and I didn’t feel to hot for the rest of the day. Luckily, the temps are rising and there should be many more prefect run days coming our way. You are doing awesome!

  6. Pingback: Spring Break Starts in Style | Itz Linz

  7. Pingback: three miles | itz linz

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *