You know how, during soccer games, there's that excited announcer shouting "GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!
Yea, tonight that shout was heard this evening in PDX -
Seriously. I'm was so determined to get out and at least walk this evening. I haven't done any cardio since Zumba on Monday. Well, I did walk for a quick 25 minutes yesterday afternoon during lunch. I was feeling antsy, the sun was shining and the rain had stopped, and I have new running shoes waiting to be broken in.
I got home, and got changed into my running togs, and put on my new shoes, and got myself out the door. The bottoms of my shoes were very slick on the damp sidewalks, so I was cautious as I started walking. I did my 5 minute warm-up then started slowly carefully running. I stuck to my interval, and it felt like an ugly run, but I was determined to keep going, as long as it didn't hurt. And it didn't!
Slow and steady, I kept at it. The pain in my back simply wasn't there. I promised myself, and Bill, that if it got too bad, I'd walk. If that was too much, I'd call him for an emergency pickup.
2.6 miles, 38 minutes. No land speed record, but it turned out to be one of the best runs ever. I didn't hurt. I didn't stop. I finally caught my breath, found my rhythm, and celebrated moving again. I was so excited when I got home that I was chattering a mile a minute at Bill telling him how good it felt and how happy I am. And yes, I made sure to get down and do plenty of slow easy stretching after cooling down to hopefully stave off any further back pain.
Thank you all so very much for the well wishes and goodies and comments. I truly appreciate it, and believe you helped get me back out there again!