Sunday, October 11, 2009

First step

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Exactly seven months and one day since giving birth, I finally got out there and ran. So if you felt your house shaking, it wasn't an earthquake, just my slow, plodding feet pounding the pavement.

It hurt. Oh yes. Things still aren't entirely back where they're supposed to be. But I still managed to go on my three-mile loop, which includes a couple gnarly hills.

I listenened to my music on my iPod shuffle as I ran. There's something about Gavin Rossdale telling me to "breathe in, breathe out" that just gets me going (bonus points if you know what song that is).

It's comforting hearing all the songs I have on there. I guess it reminded me of the gazillion times I've put those headphones in and turned on the music to help me pass the miles and miles on my long runs when I didn't have my running partners - or when they went ahead or fell back.

The best part of today's run - when at times I'm sure I could've walked the hills faster - was when my body actually cooperated. Everything was in synch. My legs moved, my heart pumped and my mind drifted.

And I remembered why I run.

I've missed it.

Now I'm not saying I'm anywhere near marathon shape (although I wore my shirt from my last one as motivation). Or even 5K shape for that matter.

But the first step is always the toughest. I'm glad I finally took it.


kirsten said...

wow! Well done Cheryl. The first step IS the hardest, and I keep taking the first step, and then stopping, and having to go right back to Square One. Keep going - I'll have someone to inspire me. :)

kirsten said...

fantastic! keep going so that I'll have someone to inspire/motivate me to keep going. I keep doing the 'First Step' run, and then stopping, and having to try & make the habit all over again. SIGH.

Jen C said...

It's fantastic you're able to get back out there!

Cheryl said...

Thanks! Now here's to hoping I can actually walk tomorrow. I'm feeling a bit achy!

Kelli/Plangirl said...

Good for you, Cheryl! I always have aspirations to run, but can never get myself there. I need to lose some weight first so I need to start out walking. I am going to go out at lunch today and do just that! And I will think of you and smile if Gavin pops up on the my iPod as I go...Keep it up!

Cheryl said...

Good for you, Kelli! I still have a good amount of weight to drop but the only way I know how to do it (since I'm already on the ridiculous diet and am not losing an ounce) is by running. But I cannot tell you how sore I am today!! Hope you enjoy your walk - and Gavin! ;)

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