I’ve started to get back in the groove of running again and it’s feeling good! I’ve been doing 4-5 miles a few days a week averaging about 11-11:30min/mile. It’s always amazing to me how much better I feel when I’m exercising regularly. My overall mood improves as well as my well being. I’ve been a little more relaxed as far as checking my heart rate and just going by how I feel. I’ve been able to go on a couple runs with a friend and keep up a conversation so I know that I’m on track. Another thing that I’m trying to incorporate is more stretching and yoga. I have never been very flexible, and things you aren’t good at aren’t fun, so I’ve generally avoided yoga. But, I know that staying loose and working on flexibility will improve my running and overall health so I’m making an effort to keep up with it. It certainly helps that my husband is all about it too.
One thing I’m really enjoying with my more “relaxed” running schedule is the ability to take things slow and not feel guilty about it. This last weekend I ran with the boys in the stroller to our local farmers market. On the way back they both wanted to run with me. At times I would have encouraged them to stay in the stroller so that I could actually run, but instead I let them out and they “ran” with me. My older son is really into it. My younger son mostly walks and picks up any stick he can find. It is nice to spend this time with them and, who knows, maybe I’ll inspire in them a love of running and some day we can actually run together!