Back to the Grind

In keeping with my “better me” resolutions, I started exercising again this week and lemme tell ya, it hasn’t been easy.  My entire body is sore, from my slightly hunched shoulders to my butt bone, and I’ve spent every night before bed enjoying a hot bath and glass of wine (sometimes a girl just needs a good ole glass of red).  That seems to ease the pain temporarily.  I’ve always been a runner, despite shin splints, but after my last half marathon in December 2010 I just haven’t had the same drive to hit the pavement everyday. I did participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k back in October with my soul sister, Cat, for the American Cancer Society (I refer to her as my soul sister since we’re basically the same person in different packages).

Me & Cat before MSABC 5K

It was Cat’s first 5k (she hated running before she met me. you’re welcome, Cat 🙂 ) and she was super stoked, so it was great that we finished in 32 minutes. I think that was the first time she felt the same rush from running that I get. Besides the 5k, though, I have let running take a backseat to everything else going on in my life. Where it used to be a way for me to relax, it had become one more thing that stressed me out. So I cut it out (insert Uncle Joey scissor fingers here). I’ve used grad school as an excuse pretty frequently this year, but I know that if I really want to get back into it that’s all up to me. I’m the only one who can lace up my Asics and move.

I used to love waking up at 6 a.m. to get in a run before the rest of the world (or my little town) littered the streets with their SUVs and compacts.  There’s just something about being up as the sun breaks and taking in the day before I get bogged down with work and school and whatever else tends to add stress to my routine.  I’m also one of those weirdos that prefers running when it’s teetering 40 degrees, the harsh chill filling my lungs and forcing me to increase my speed to keep my blood pumping heat through my body. Ahhh, there’s nothing like it.

So, my challenge for myself today (and for you, too, if you’re interested!) is to run. Run like there’s no tomorrow. Even if it’s only for a mile. That’s one more mile than sitting on the couch, wishing I was running.