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So last night was the first day that i ran in over a year, and since i'm actually intending to continue running and train, this is really the first day running since November 2000 (when my senior cross country season ended in college).

I ran two miles. Yikes! If i said that two years ago, i might be embarrassed since i knew that my races were 8ks and and the team's warmup/cooldown totaled 2 miles (not counting the workout). But right now i actually understand where i am and what kind of shape i'm in and i feel more pride in starting to run again than i feel shame in what i couldn't do.

The first mile that i ran went fine. After 10 steps i felt as if i could run 10 miles....and then i realized i only ran 10 steps. I calmed down and just went at a nice, slow, even pace. I held that even pace for most of the first mile and got to the mile mark (otherwise known as a stop sign). I stopped there for a couple seconds (this was the one planned stop) and turned around to go back.

While the first mile was good, this second mile hurt a bit more. I could feel twinges in my knee which means that i need to do more exercises to keep my kneecap in place, and i was feel worn. Sadly, i had to stop 4 times on the way back in. I can't believe i had to stop 4 times in a mile, but that's what my body said i had to do.

I finished the two miles, though. Phew. I made sure i stretched very well when i got back to my apartment, and i'm only a little sore this morning. I feel a whole lot better than expected and i'm excited to run again tonight (only one mile tonight).

Wow...i'm wordy.

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WTG Pug!

Listen to the body, you know you're doing it right. Congrats on starting to run again and welcome to the board!
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Great, it must feel good just to get out there and know you're on your way! Good luck!

Shelly
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I'm SOOO happy for ya, Pugster!!!!

You did it! Woo hoo! Now keep going with that momentum...be smart and RUN!!!

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First: Wordy but great report! and I believe I have the record on wordyness, no worries!
Second: Great attitude, I love that first line I highlighted--more pride in starting from where you are at rather than trying to re-achieve past victories on your first steps out the door. This is huge. Props to you for that!
Third: I've had the same knee cap thing--ouch! Take care of that bad boy!
Fourth: Major :thumbsup: for just listening to your body and going on that, rather than letting pride injure yourself just to get that mile in or whatever. this has been a personal battle for me
Overall: huge :thumbsup: and :banana: You rock!
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Good job Pug. Just got to keep plugging away and you'll be able to blow through two miles like nothing. :banana:
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Hang in there, like PH said, pretty soon, two miles will seem like nothing
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Thanks for the encouragement. :)
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