Last night, I ran one mile. This may not sound very impressive, but it was an important first step for me, and a first of what I hope to be many more. I could have run more, but I very purposely set out and ran just that one mile. I wanted a base line for where I am starting right now, just to see how I can improve with more training. I also just wanted to see if I still could run one continuous mile.

Great news—I can! I mean, I won’t be winning any races at my pace, but 12:12 for someone who hasn’t run at all in more than a year (and hasn’t done much road running for probably even longer than that) is respectable. There is certainly room for improvement, but I’m happy.

Even better is that it felt good. I took the time on Tuesday night to go to a wonderful local run store, Lucky Road, to be fit for a new pair of shoes. They really take the time there to listen to what you want, what you are working for, and they pay attention to your gait and what would work for your feet. I probably tried on eight or so shoes, and ran around in them, before settling on my new trainers. And it makes such a difference. My feet felt great, and I woke up with next to no soreness this a.m.

I should backtrack… Normally one mile shouldn’t be anything that hurts very badly, but since my last semi-serious bout of running, I had a recurrence of the plantar fasciitis that I have dealt with since I was still in my 20s. I also had an unfortunate MCL tear in my left knee last fall as well as the early signs of arthritis in both knees now. So. Feeling good after a run, even a one miler, is not always a given.

But I feel good. Beyond fitness and weight loss, I do have some goals in mind. First, I have worked the past four years as a co-race director of the Break a Leg 5K, a fundraising run for Stage Door, but I actually have never even run the course! Nope. Not this year! This year, I want to go out there and crush it. It’s on March 10, so plenty of time to get in some good training.

I also have my sights set on the Marine Corps Historic Half. I actually used to work for the MCM, and this race has been on my list since I left the organization. Lack of training, injury, and other plans always seemed to get in the way, but I need to finally cross this one off!

So, there you have it. One run, one mile, day one of what should be many more this year!

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