Today is day 4 of running. So far I haven't missed a day. This is good. I have a new goal that I can see daily results.
My run at this point is just 1 lap around the parking lot at my complex. I run from my front door around and back to my front door again. Along my run is a longer downhill stretch followed by the leasing office, then a long row of garages (below our apartment) then a short steep hill and a little stretch back to our front door.
Here's how it's gone so far.
Day 1: I got to about halfway down the garages. My lungs ached and I thought I had a cold when I was done. My inhaler wouldn't help.
Day 2: I only got about a quarter of the way down the garages, and my lungs still ached, but not as bad. My legs were sore, but so was my core. I spent the whole day doing things to flex the muscles around my abdomen (like half moon pose in yoga!)
Day 3: Got the end of the garages and thought to use my inhaler before I ran. My lungs ached less. My legs were more sore, and my core was more sore.
Today! Day 4: Made it to the top of the steep hill. My throat didn't hurt nearly as bad and I caught my breath sooner than previously. My legs hurt the worst, but I stretched after and now they have that good ache feeling. When I tried to stand after doing some sitting stretches I had to stretch more to get my legs to support my standing up.
I think I might be able to get through the whole lap by Monday. Then I'll aim for 2 laps. This is more fun than I expected. My attitude has kind of shifted about this too. I realized how hard and long I had to work at my singing, but I am pretty good at it now. And I thought, if I could get so good at something I was completely terrible at, why not my health? I don't know why I didn't make this connection before.