Running Again

I’ve said it before, but I am just so thankful for my husband.

I used to be a runner. I ran track and cross country all through junior high and high school. I loved being a distance runner, but I was really injury prone. I had shin splints every season, all season of each sport, from 7th grade until my senior year with the exception of cross country my junior year. I don’t know what happened; that year was a miracle.

Anyway, here I am 25 years old, and I haven’t run in a few years. The reason is because every time I try to run I get shin splints, and I hate it! Needless to say, I’m a bit out of shape, and my endurance sucks. But I have decided, nonetheless, to pick up running because it is such a good workout.

I started yesterday. I asked my husband if he would run with me because I am so out of shape that I knew I would have to go slow (he is amazing because he had already worked out, but he ran with me anyway), and if I was by myself people would know it was me, but if I was with him, they might think he was the slow one. It’s embarrassing having to start at square one knowing how good I used to be.

We did one lap around the block across from us, and it ended up being a little over 3/4 of a mile.

Surprisingly, it felt pretty good, and when I woke up this morning, I had no pain in my shins! So we did the same thing tonight. I am hoping that starting more slowly will help. I’m also doing a bit of yoga when I’m done, so I get a good stretch. I’m feeling motivated. Let’s just hope that continues.

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