So I ran a marathon, then went to Mexico and retired my shoes but good. I didn't do a stitch of running all winter. I blamed the busted toenail at first, then the snow.
Alas, my hiatus has come to an end. I signed up for the Race to Wrigley 5K for the end of the month. Then found out a friend is running the Ravenswood Run 5K the day after. So I may do that. Apparently, I'm back to running. But, y'know, about 90 percent shorter distances. I went for a "training" run last night and it felt pretty good. Two miles, no problems. I wish I could go tell that to my middle-school self! She'd be impressed.
I've invited a bunch of my lady friends to be my running buddies this summer, to up the motivation factor. I've also decided that I should sign up for as many 5K (or 10K too, I guess) races as I can find. It'll keep me beholden, for one thing. But these races also have great charities that they're supporting (Wrigley is Cubs Cares, and Ravenswood is a food bank). It's a nice way to feel good about giving back, and in a really local way. (Plus, free technical shirts!)
I'll do my best to keep you posted about how the runs go!