You Can Always Go For A Run, No Matter How Long It Has Been

I was sitting on the couch tonight (I’ve been doing a lot of that lately, hence no Gross Gets Fit blogging), and had the now unfamiliar urge to go for a run. So I did.

I didn’t start over on a Couch to 5K program, or pull up a training program, or map out a route. I dug out my running clothes, laced up my shoes, asked my husband to join me, and walked out the door.

I didn’t have a plan, or expectation, other than I wanted to run. So I ran. I stopped to walk a few times, but more often than not, I ran. Runners would call it a fartlek, I guess. I set a goal of how far I would run each segment, and sometimes added a stretch goal, and I hit every. single. one.

I wasn’t fast. I didn’t go incredibly far. But I did exactly what I set out to do, and I felt really good about it.

After logging the workout in Nike+, I realized that it had been exactly 5 months since my last run. A lot happened during those 5 months. I planted the garden. I harvested most of the garden. I finished my dissertation, defended it, and became Dr. Gross. My husband took a new job. We put in an offer on a new house. We put our house up for sale (still waiting for it to sell). I did complete my first 20+ mile group bike ride, but after that my fitness efforts fell pretty flat.

Many of us have been here. A lot of us (myself included) have been here many times. We have to soldier on. We have to commit to sustainable lifestyle changes and work to engrain those habits into our daily life forever. I’m work in progress, but I’m happy with how today went.

Run Photo with husband 2.25 miles