I ran/walked 4 miles yesterday on the treadmill. It felt soooo good! It took me about a mile to get into the run and then I felt really good after that. After I finished the run it was like my head was clearer, I was breathing easier, and my whole attitude changed. It's amazing how much my mental state depends on running. It was like I felt like myself again.
Last week was really hard for me to rest. I felt lazy and just not like myself but I know that is part of the recovery process.
I do have to admit I liked all the attention I received when I came back to work. It was like I was a local celebrity. I couldn't believe how many people were so in awe that I had ran 13.1 miles. I became the popular girl for a few days and I LOVED IT! :-)
As if being treated like a local celebrity wasn't enough to inflate my head, my coworker, Ann, told me that I have inspired her to run her first 5k! She has never ran more than 2 miles in her life and now she is officially in training to run a 5k in May which she asked me to run with her to which I happily accepted. When I took up the sport of running I never in a million years thought that I would actually become a role model for others. It is such an awesome feeling to know that I am having a positive effect on people without even trying. Thanks Ann!
So today I did 50 minutes of strength training. I think this was harder than my run yesterday! I'm glad I did it but it was tough to get through.
So as I slowly get back into things I am reminded daily of the reason why I run. It is not just good for me physically but more importantly it is good for me mentally.
My blog will follow my running journey up to and through my 1st Marathon... Chicago 2010! You will read about my inspirations, PRs (hopefully!), and of course my struggles. So feel free to share your stories as well!