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Last week I’d done a couple of two-mile runs.  (One of which was with my friend Rachael who claims she is a slow runner but totally kicked my butt.  She kindly said it was because I’m just getting back into running after surgery.  I think it’s also because she’s ten years younger than me.)  So on Tuesday of this week, I was ready to go to the next level.

A three-miler.  Almost a 5K!

To run three miles in my neighborhood, I add together a one-mile loop and a two-mile loop.  At first, I thought I’d run the two-mile loop first so that if I were too tired or sore after that, I could skip the one-mile loop.  And then I told myself to stop being a baby and just do it!  So I ran my “around the town” one-mile loop first, so I’d pretty much have to run all three.  Unless I was going to be a total wimp and run only one.

I almost was a total wimp.  My knees were sore and my legs were tight.  But I kept going, around the town, past the library, up the hill (!), and then “around the block” for two miles.

Upon my return, I was tired, sore, achy, and exhilarated.

And I spent at least an hour icing my foot.

Wednesday, my foot was pretty ouchy all day, and I decided not to run.

But tonight, I’m going to the Y.  Will I run?  Use the elliptical, which is easier on my foot?  Not sure.  But I can’t let the soreness, the cold weather and the return of snow (!!!) keep me from being active.  I know I’ll feel better after a workout.

Mentally, at least.


About Karen Koch

I like the old-fashioned lifestyle. All this new-fangled stuff baffles me sometimes. I cherish living out in the country, raising chickens and rabbits, planting fruit trees, and enjoying a slow life filled with beautiful words and ideas. I don't always achieve a slow life. I teach middle school English and manage a little burgeoning farm with my husband, and somewhere in the midst of that, I try to find time for writing, running, knitting, reading, and playing the ukulele. And sometimes, I actually succeed.

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