Hills and flattened caterpillars

Week 1, Day 2. After the soreness of the weekend, I wasn’t sure I was going to look forward to today’s run. But my legs were not as sore this morning as they were yesterday, so my outlook for today’s workout improved.

We tackled one of the giantish hills in our neighborhood but also slowed our pace a little. By the end, I was still breathing normal and I didn’t feel like I was going to puke. I realize these moments may return another time, but I’m glad that I felt good, maybe even great after today’s run.

Isabelle likes stretching with us. It’s adorable. I hope to get a picture soon. She takes good care of us as we “suit up” to run, making sure we have our shoes and socks and do our stretching. “You wanna stretch with me?” she asks after we get back. A fitness trainer in the making?

Phil stayed ahead of me today instead of beside, which was fine except that I didn’t always notice immediately when he stopped after a minute of running. I guess I run with my head down because I noticed a lot of flattened caterpillars on the road. And when I’d look up after running for a time, I’d see Phil walking, unsure of how long it had been since he stopped. In a few weeks, we hope to be running distances instead of times to give us a better gauge of how far we’re going.

We’re taking your advice and applying it as best we can. The encouragement is great. And being accountable to you keeps us going.

Till next time.

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One thought on “Hills and flattened caterpillars

  1. Hang in there! Once you get to running about 7 minutes without stopping to walk then you are probably jogging about 1/2 a mile.

    Stick to the plan and don’t rush things! You two should be so proud of yourselves. It always helps to think of how much I’ve accomplished or how much I have improved instead of how far I think I have to go.

    Sometimes it also helps to think that I’m making an effort unlike the millions of other people who are still sitting on the couch and not doing any exercise whatsoever.

    Well done you two and what a great example for your children!

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