How I Just Ran with It (Literally)

Last night I did something I've been meaning to in the longest time, but haven't.  It's been something I've been procrastinating on for a little over a year.  Believe it or not, I actually went for a run.

Like many people in the United States, I haven't put exercise at the top of my priority list.  It's easy to come up with excuses: "I'm too busy" and/or "I don't have enough time."  I always want to go running, but getting up early in the morning is hard since I have to go to work early every weekday.  The list of excuses is never ending. 

So last night I just decided to go run.  I made the decision; the hard part was committing to it. I dug through the closet and dusted off my running shoes and decided to go on a simple short 1/2 mile run, nothing too strenuous. 

The run was easy at first.  Since it was at night, the climate was really comfortable.  After a block, I started to feel tired.  My breathing became more rapid.  At that moment I thought to myself, "I really need to get back into shape."

Part of me really wanted to do an intense workout, but I knew that since this was my first time in a really long time that it probably wasn't a good idea.  Moderation and consistency are important, even more important than intensity.  Running regularly at an average pace is more beneficial to my health than an intense run (that I probably wouldn't be able to do) once in a blue moon. 

There was something peaceful about running out at night.  Maybe it's because the streets were less crowded or that most people were already in bed for the night.  Maybe my heart was pumping like it was when I used to be more active. Maybe.

Whatever the reason may be, I felt great last night after the run.  I still felt great this morning.  On the drive to work, I was in a great mood and my mind had positive thoughts flowing all through it.

I'm not training for a marathon, but I plan on doing this regularly.  I plan on going for longer runs for at least four days a week.  Perhaps this is the start of something wonderful.  Who knows, maybe soon I'll be on a marathon on TV, just maybe.

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