I’ve been running on and off for the last two years. Over the last year, it’s only been sporadic – 2 to 3 times a week for a month or so, then a couple months “off.”
Three weeks ago, we started a 3 month weight-loss contest at work, so I used it as an excuse to start running regularly again. I’ve run 4 times a week for the last 3 weeks. Today was the first time that I ran the full 30 minutes without even a one minute break in the middle. I’m running a 9:15 mile (about 6.5 mph), and it feels pretty good. I’m mixing treadmill during the week (because it’s been so freakin’ hot), and outside on the weekend.
Next, I’m going to put a bit of elevation on the treadmill so it better simulates my outdoor course. And I’d like to work up to 7.5 mph (which I usually finish the last 1-2 minutes of my run at).
It’s good to be running again. It makes me feel so much better, and I’ve lost over 6 pounds in three weeks (combined with eating and drinking less). I still don’t like running, but I like having run!