I'm running again. I wasn't sure if I'd ever get the urge, the need, to run once more. When I found out I was pregnant I gave it up, and switched to walking instead, mostly because I wasn't in a regular running routine at the time, and didn't want to build it up when my body needed to focus on growing a baby.
I went through pregnancy and childbirth and raising our daughter for over a year before I got that itch to run. It came out of nowhere. Winter was coming, which is an odd time to want to start running, but perhaps my body knew it was going to need some extra energy burning when we spend so much more time indoors.
I told Josh I was ready to run again, that I needed to get new shoes, and we used an anniversary gift to get a new pair. (Hartford CT locals — Fleet Feet Sports in West Hartford was incredible. The girl who worked with me was patient, brought out shoe after shoe, brand after brand, and gave me lots of tips, like trying on one of each shoe as I narrowed my search.)
Starting to run after a two year hiatus is kind of like starting all over, but it's also like riding a bicycle. The movements, the rhythm, the gait is all in you. You just have to get your breath and stride back.
I downloaded a free Couch to 5K app, and I've been running for the last month.
It feels amazing.
I feel like I've gotten a piece of myself back.
It gives me precious alone time. And exercise. And fresh air. And podcasts. Things that give me life and freedom and creativity.
And I find in this season of my running, in this season in my life, it's one thing that feels more laid back. So what if I don't run three times each week? So what if the weather is lousy? So what if I take 12 weeks to get through an 8 week training program?
As a new mom, I find a sense of peace in order. Having a bit of a routine to our days. A regular bedtime. Times to sit down and have a meal.
But running is my time to let loose and be free and feel the wind against my face and my feet against the pavement.
Running, I'm so glad to have you back.