Dear Running, I just can’t quit you

I remember Kristen telling me raving about Katy’s Place when we were having coffee before the Big Sur Marathon.

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When your friends recommend places to eat, you should always listen. They really want what’s best for you.

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I had the ham + cheese omelet which I could not finish and Mike had eggs and biscuits and gravy. We can’t wait to go back!

We saw this on our walk back to the car. I can’t get over how charming Carmel is.

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We went for a little drive and got coffee before heading home so I could get ready for my first run on the trail since May!

Coffee + running shoes are a perfect match don’t ya think?

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Thankfully Heather is usually down for catching a little mid-day fresh air. She met me at Fisherman’s Wharf to do my first run/walk on the trail since May.

PS if you run with me I will force you to take pictures. It’s sorta the deal. Winking smile

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Since I am starting from scratch, my PT has me doing 30 minutes of run/walking. One minute walk, one minute easy run. If you would like to give running a try, I think this would be a great way to start.

Surprisingly it was a little more difficult than I thought. My endurance took a big hit, but it’s a good thing I love a solid challenge.

Heather was telling me her trainer recommends she run by time, not distance. I thought is was interesting since I’m so used to going by distance. Maybe I’ll keep doing that even after I rebuild the barn.

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I’m also cross training using resistance bands, plyometric exercises & balance training. Along with pool running and cycling. Now I shall never get board.  

We ended up doing 32 minutes because I kept flapping my lips and missed the run minute twice. Typical.

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My Garmin looked at my iPhone when I took this picture and I could hear the exchange between them…really, she’s proud of this?

Do you run by time, mileage, heart rate or nekkid?

Did you follow a training plan when you first took up running?

Nope, I just laced up an old pair of gym shoes and ran a quarter mile at a time.

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10 Comments on “Dear Running, I just can’t quit you

  1. Totally proud of you, friend! I run by distance the majority of the time. I only run by time when I feel terrible and have to bargain with myself to keep going “Just one more minute.”

  2. So glad you are back to running! It takes a while to get your endurance back and that’s OK – I remember after not being able to run for several months a run/walk felt AWESOME!

  3. I sometimes have started my run with time in mind and later down the road stopped it to just go by feel. So stoked at your progress J. You running is a beautiful sight!

  4. Glad you are running again!!
    About 8 years ago when my sis-in-law wanted to get in shape after having a baby she decided to take up running – she asked my advice and I started her on a run/walk plan. She stuck with it and turned into a marathon runner!!!!
    I used to always run for distance but my youngest son wanted to do a half marathon this year (because he’s 13 and we like to run our age!!!) – the program I did with him was all based on time and I really liked it (it worked well for him, too).

  5. I am so glad you got to run!! yay! Maybe try yoga. I found it really helps with the balance and breathing and strength and core. Just a thought. Love your blog.

  6. Your watch looks like mine when I was getting back into running after PT. I, too,was so proud of those measly numbers though!!!! Keep it up!!!

  7. I’m usually a run by distance person but if i have to use the treadmill I’ll sometimes just set it for 30 minutes and vary my speed every few minutes to get an interval type workout in. I am really kicking myself for not starting back to running as gingerly as your PT has you doing. While I did walk/run I ramped up my mileage a bit too fast and had a bit of a setback. It’s hard for a marathoner who runs double digit long runs more weeks out of the year than not to accept that 3 miles is not 1 mile and 7 miles is not 2 miles and 10 miles sure as heck isn’t 3 miles. Stay strong and tell your Garmin/phone that is totally something you should be proud of.

  8. It’s so fun reading your story because I’m in the same boat. I’m finally able to run (a little at a time!) pain free on my hip so I’m starting back at run-a-minute-walk-a-minute intervals and did 30 min two days ago. Last night I needed to do something so I went to a nearby place that has outdoor stairs and ran 5 sets of 10 flights. It felt so good! It’s funny when what used to be easy feels hard, but it’s humbling to ‘start over’ knowing where I will be in a short amount of time. 5K, 10K, here I come!

  9. I run by distance normally too because that pace you posted makes you look like speedy Gonzales compared to my pace 😉 if I did by time I’d only get in 1-2 mile training runs all the time

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