~ I’m thankful that I can still run at my age, so many of my friends can’t, and a few have already left this life for the next phase. So, is there running in heaven? I hope so. ~
I haven’t written about my running progress in quite a while, so here you go. When I started running in March, I thought I should be able to work up quickly in running long distances again. But that turned out not to be so. Instead, I discovered that a combination of being out of the habit and, of course, age, I’m not a spring chicken anymore, being a desk jockey, and not running distance for three years has severely stunted my come back.
I’ve had to battle with the realization that I cannot quickly gain mileage as I did in my 50’s. But, I’m now okay with that; I’ve accepted it and work with what I am able, and don’t let my shortfalls bother me.
I am winning. I’m getting better, running longer, and getting better overall stats. But, most of all, I’m thankful that I can still run at my age, so many of my friends can’t, and a few have already left this life for the next phase. So, is there running in heaven? I hope so.
My last running update was my “I’m Almost There!” entry on June 5th. My goal of running without walking on my 22-minute runs (two miles) hill route has been met, and since then, I have stopped running for minutes and have returned to running miles.
I’m running 4+ miles every other day now. I’m still running the hills; I’ve just added on to my route. I’m also weening myself back onto the trails. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to start adding in “Long” runs in addition to my 4 miles runs, perhaps 6 miles to start. I’ll move up each week after that.
When I started my return to health and running, I weighed 205 Lbs, In April, I was 197lbs, and today I am 184lbs. Still not where I want to be, but slowly I’m getting there. Now It’s a matter of reprograming my body and brain.
I hope you are doing well and doing that which makes you happy.