My normal routine in the morning is going on a walk with my friend Nikki for about a half an hour or so. When the weather is nice, we do a loop around Kellogg.
When the weather gets snowy and icy, we walk inside Kellogg Middle School.
Last week I suggested to Nikki that we start going to the track and running some. She has started running to get ready for Bloomsday in Spokane, and I felt like adding some running to our morning routine.
I didn't have high expectations today. I can't even remember the last time I did any running for any length of time, not on the treadmill. I had been walking fairly consistently, and Paul and I were doing the Fit in 90 DVD's, so I had been being somewhat active.
My true expectation today was to jog a lap, then walk some, then jog again, then walk.
But I exceeded my expectations. I started jogging, (very slowly, but it was jogging), and made it around once, twice, three times, four times......eight times!! I couldn't believe it. I jogged two miles this morning, and, if I had more time, I bet I could have gone even longer.
Back when I actually did run consistently, my kind of running was slow and far. I remember those Sunday afternoon runs in Meridian when I would run for 1-2 hours.
My favorite race to compete in was the half-marathon.
But that was a long time ago. Right now, I am just thrilled that (as my sister-in-law Laurie often says), "I thank God for legs that can run."
I have no idea how long I ran, time wise, because we didn't time ourselves. Which I think was good. I think just jogging around the track as far as I could was good.
So, it will be interesting to see how it feels the next time we head to the track. I am really excited now to get back to running.
And beating my expectations this morning was an incredible way to start the day!!