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I just got back from my first run in 2-3 years. Rolled out of bed, checked the temperature outside, donned appropriate clothing, walked down to the track at Tufts, and ran a mile. Sure, it's only a mile, but I gotta start small and then build up. Baby steps, man, baby steps!

I chose to run on the track for a few reasons:
  • I wanted to know precisely how far I ran, taking the guesswork out for now.
  • Since I'm breaking in a new pair of shoes and I have orthopedic issues, I wanted to run on a shock-absorbent surface rather than on a hard road.
  • I didn't want to deal with hills and curbs and cars my first time out.
  • The walk to and from the track provided me with a nice warm-up and cool-down.

I was slightly miffed that my right shoelace came undone halfway through my second lap, forcing me to stop to tie it. Other than that, the run was uneventful. I felt a lot of tightness in my right ankle, where I tore ligaments in December, and afterwards my calves were quivering, but stretching should take care of that. And my breath will settle down as my fitness increases. I'm thinking Thursday I'll push things up to 1½ miles.


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Oct. 26th, 2004 06:57 am (UTC)
As someone who began running (for the first time in his life) about two years ago, I say congratulations!

A mile is a good start, and nothing to sneeze at. Keep at it, and you'll be up to speed in no time -- I started doing a mile or so in November 2002, and by March 2003 I was running 5K every day, and doing 10K with relative ease when the spirit moved me.

A friendly piece of advice: STRETCH! Stretch every day, before and after. Do NOT omit these steps. Trust me: your knees (and other joints) will thank you for it. It took me too long to figure this out, and I've already paid the price.

Still, gotta get back into the habit; thanks for the reminder/inspiration.
Oct. 26th, 2004 09:15 am (UTC)
General rule of thumb with running is not to increase your per day mileage more than 1/4 mile a week. I would stick with a mile for this week and then add a 1/4 mile per day next week.
Oct. 26th, 2004 10:19 am (UTC)
I think that's good advice, but maybe I'll wait till next week to adopt it. I think going only a mile this morning was a bit of a cop-out. The last time I ran after not having run in a year, I ran about 2 miles. I think I could have gone 1½ miles this morning if I weren't concerned about the tightness in my ankle. I'll see how I feel on Thursday morning when I hit the 4th lap.
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