I Finally Got A Run In this Week!

Well, it isn’t exactly following the plan. But, I finally got my first run completed during the week! It was my very first run since October 2020. Do you want to know the best part of this run?

My boy went with me! Yep. Colton wanted to run with his daddy. So, I obliged and let him go with me. I told him we would run 30 seconds, walk 90 seconds and repeat all the way to his new school for the fall. By the way, I still can’t believe that my boy is going to Kindergarten in less than 2 months.

So, off we went. It’s always an interesting run that first time in many months. Let’s face it, I didn’t run very much in 2020. Then, you add my boy to the mix and I had zero expectations going into this run. This one was the run I thought was going to ignite my return to regular running.

Along the way, we saw several Peacocks…

Each run interval was greeted with so much glee from Colton, that it gave me genuine energy bursts. He loved the run segments and disliked the walking segments. But, we kept going. Run 30 seconds, walk 90 seconds. all the way to his future elementary school.

Once we got to the school, we took a small break at Colton’s request. I must admit, I thought the school was a little farther from our apartment than it was. My Garmin read 0.79 miles when we stopped. So, that meant we would likely not do a full 2 miles that I had wanted to do. But, that’s okay. At least I got out and the boy and I were having fun.

On the way back, my boy decided that he had to beat the daddy on every run interval. He thought he was cool in doing that. I was just happy that he kept running. Even though I had to slow way down on the walk breaks so the boy would be too far behind me, I was happy….and I was happy to see this little family…

As we got to the stop light across from our apartment, my Garmin ran out of power. I thought that I’d just lost all data from the run. However, it did come back after we took this photo..

We did actually finish 1.60 miles, instead of what the Garmin said. Not bad for my boy’s first run!

At the end, he was very proud of finishing his first “marathon” with daddy. Even after I explained to him that a marathon is 26.2 miles, not 1.60 miles, he insisted that he had finished his first marathon. To him, a marathon is a really long distance. Gotta love the mind of a 5 year old.

I’ve got to admit that these first two weeks of the journey back to better health haven’t gone well at all. I feel a little bit like Star Lord in Avengers End Game in the clip above (around 2:53) when he says, “Wow! This like a real wake-up call for me. I’m going to get a bow-flex. I’m going to commit. I’m going to get some dumbells…”

As you can see, this weight loss chart has become a weight gain chart. In two weeks, I’ve gained 3.6lbs. Not good. On the positive note? I have shed 1% body fat! I know that I’ve got a long ways to go on this journey. However, I’m hoping that, in spite of the predicted hot weather….

Although, it does not look like the best week to get back to running. Maybe, this will be the best week for baseline setting. After all, the hot temps should lead to naturally slow times. We shall see.

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