• G.C. Lafleur

Running Grooves

It's January 11th 2021.

I try not to follow the cliché New Year’s resolution “NEW YEAR NEW ME” mantra. I’ve always thought “Why wait for the new year? Why not tomorrow, or next week, or next month?” But here I am! Readying myself to start a new running challenge, following the millions of humans who wait until January of the new year to start a health goal.

I haven’t run in almost 4 months. During the Spring and Summer of 2020, I was on a steady10K training plan. It’s been a goal of mine to run a 10K. I wanted to do it in 2020, but…COVID… So I told myself I’d start training to prepare for whenever the city running events started up again.

I started running about 3-4 times a week, I increased running speed and endurance, my mile went from a 14 min walk/jog mile to almost a 9 min jogging mile. I was able to run 2 miles straight without stopping in about 20 mins, ME!! The girl with the terrible asthma!! I did that.

I was doing GREAT!!!!! Until the smothering heat from the Florida Sun stopped me. Yes! It got too damn hot. So, I thought "let me wait until it cools down" Then it got really cold during the Winter, like literally below 40 (F) degrees (that's freezing for South Floridians), next thing I knew 4 months passed.

I don’t consider myself a runner at all. I have a love hate relationship with running. When I start running, I fall in love with it. It becomes therapeutic. It takes a while to get into the groove, but once you find your groove, it becomes almost like meditation. I start to feel myself getting healthier. I can go on and on and name all the benefits of running, but I'll leave you to do your own research.

I start to get a regime going then I STOP. Like just like that. I start to notice just how much my body hurt, my legs hurt, the soles of my feet hurt, and everything hurt. So, I tell to myself, I’ll use tomorrow as a rest day. Eventually, tomorrow turns into a week, then a month, and then I get too tired to run. Then I start the cycle over again a couple months later.

So, here we are January 11, 2021, preparing my running clothes and shoes, so I can wake up bright and early to take my first run of the year.

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