The Journey Begins

Run 3.4 miles – 33:07.

I ran the day before 3.1 in 30:22 which is for me a bit slow; however these two runs are the beginning of a journey to a healthier me.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step

I have run off and on over the last couple of years with no end game, no goal and just running for the fun of it. This is totally against everything I’ve ever done in running. You see I’m a stats freak and I love metric and miles and how fast I do my runs, swims and bicycling, but as I’ve gotten older my priorities have changed.

I now run for the fun of it.

However, I need to now run, bicycle and maybe even swim for the health of it. I’ve just not taken great care of my body over the years. Too much bad crap.

So one of my ultimate goals in running is to finish a 50 mile race and then after that a 100 mile race. It is a crazy thought but I know I can do it. I ran a 50k and didn’t die and it is only 19 more miles so what the heck.

The problem is I’m no where near being in shape.

So I’m starting over and I will work my way back up. I’m going to do a couple of 5k’s over the summer and maybe I’ll do a 13.1 or maybe try and hit a 20 mile long training run. I don’t care too much about my time but the mileage is important.

What I do love is looking back at my old log books and it really motivates me so I’m going to try and write a bit more to document my journey. Since I started my website over again I will have to look through my files and see if I can find some old race reports and publish them. The do motivate me.

So this run was the day after running a 5k. This new me is all about just making the distance so I will stop when I feel like stopping. I’m no longer obsessed with running distances without stopping. So this 5k I ran , stopped a bit and ran again and did that until I got home. I was exhausted. It felt like I ran 26 miles. That is how out of shape I am.

This run I just felt good. Early march and it was almost 60f out so this was awesome. I ran and didn’t feel like stopping.

I felt strong and really good after the run.

I’m going to have to do some more cross-training though because my knees hurt and my back is sore. All symptoms of me being a tad overweight and out of shape.

This was fun and I look forward to writing more about my journey and it will keep me honest as if I don’t see a lot of running posts I’ll know I’m not training well.

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