Yesterday with clear skies and temperatures at or near 60 degrees, I couldn't help but take myself for a nice run around the neighborhood. As I was making my way around, uphill mostly, I marveled at the fact that I can just 'head out the door and run.' It wasn't a painful experience, but it wasn't as comfortable as when I'm used to running either. It was just exercise, fresh air, and time to myself.
I remember when running was my sole means of exercise. It would take weeks for me to build up to the feeling that I wasn't dying. I felt I had to keep running nearly everyday, or I would lose that "stamina" or whatever it was. Sometimes I would go a week or two without running, and it felt like I was back at square one all over again. But, when I was running frequently, and actually out and able to enjoy it? There was nothing better.
CrossFit gives me just enough of a base so that I can go out for an occasional run and not be dying, but I still don't quite feel the ease and specialization from running more frequently. I miss that feeling. So...there are a few things I'd like to start doing once the weather gets predictably nicer...not just this fluke weekend in February. I'm going to start running to and from the gym- its about 1/2 mile each way, and I'm going to start running again on the weekends. I would like to do a few 5K's this summer as well, hopefully getting under that 30 minute mark, which has been a goal of mine for a year now!