Falling Back in the Habit

I’ve started running again, and it’s like I never knew how much I missed it.

I stopped running shortly after starting my new job for reasons I won’t get into.  I hadn’t been on the treadmill for a regular run in about, oh, 3 1/2 months, and I was sick of not working out.  I was doing the 30 Day Shred, but it’s just not the same.  I would think about running, and then I’d think about how long it’d been since I’d been running and I’d get scared.  I was afraid that if I got on that treadmill I would be shocked and appalled at how much I’d fallen behind.

Finally, I just bit the bullet.  I went upstairs, unfolded that treadmill, and got on.

It was (almost) like I’d never stopped.  What a relief!  I must be in better shape than I thought (and apparently working in the ER is pretty darn good exercise).

I was a bit slower, but was overall able to pick up fairly close to where I’d left off.  It was so energizing.  Sure, I was huffing and puffing and sweating like a woman wearing a snowsuit in a sauna, but I didn’t care.  I’ve run several times since then and I’m already better than I was 4 months ago.  When I run, I’m able to let my mind wander.  I think about all sorts of things and even though I’m usually worn out afterward, I feel so relaxed when it’s done.  Aaaah, running!  Welcome back!

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9 comments

  1. Little Miss Dreamer says:

    that’s awesome that you picked it back up! I agree… there’s something about running…although it can be painful and exhausting at times, it just gives you a strength and energy that you didn’t know your body could possess!

  2. Sarah says:

    Funny. I’ve had treadmill anxiety also lately. I was on a great roll. And then I haven’t been on since January 3. And I don’t know why, but then I was so afraid to get back. I finally did last Tuesday, and did okay. And like you, remembered that I liked it. Good for us for getting back on it.

  3. Elle says:

    How funny, I just picked up running again this week as well… I ran last night with a friend, and while she was not huffing, not sweating and running laps around me literally… I wash sweating excessively and hyperventilating (not really but I WANTED TO), and oh so slow…. however, I do love to run… and she was very patient… do keep us updated on your running excursions…

  4. cyndi says:

    Good for you! I want to like running but I just can’t. My knees aren’t too crazy about it either. Therefore I will live vicariously through those of you that seem to have the knack for it 🙂

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