I should clarify: I used to be a runner for a period of time in my life from the age of roughly 45 to 47. During that time I did something I never, ever thought possible. I ran places. Using my legs.
While I never attained the mythical runner’s high, I did attain the, “Damn gurl. YOU JUST RAN! HOLLA!” attitude. Long story short: it was good for my mental health, made me feel like a bit of a badass, and it gave me some calf muscles I never knew existed.
But a foot injury turned into a foot surgery and it was hasta la vista to all things running. It was a convenient excuse to not get back on that horse and ride.
But here I am a year and a half after that foot surgery, give or take, and while my toe will never bend as a natural toe bends, it can handle running. I know, because I’m testing it out by starting a Couch to 5K program. Again, clarity is needed: I’m starting a Couch to 5K program for the second time this year, but for some reason, this time I think it’s quite possible it’s gonna stick.
I know. That’s kind of ballsy to say it’s gonna stick after just completing Week 2, Day 1. But what the hell, right? Accountability is half the battle. Last time I only got to Week 1, Day 2. I’d say I’m on a bit of roll.
I just want to move again in ways that make me sweat. And I want to do it in ways that don’t cost me any money. All eyes are focused on keeping a tight budget right now. I can do this type of exercise right outside my door or using my basement on my treadmill.
So I’m putting it out there and I will check back. Don’t worry. I’m not going to go all crazy and post a bunch of before pics. I’m just lacing up and giving it the old college try.
Wish me luck. I may need just a tiny bit.