I am so thankful for the responses I've been getting lately! Thanks y'all for the ideas and suggestions.
I took a day off from the running yesterday and was able to drag my butt outside today for another lap around the ol' complex. I managed to make it all the way around to the really steep hill, where I walked up, and then ran the rest of the way to my front door. It took about half as long for me to catch my breath when I got back in the apartment too. I just checked the temperature outside and realized I ran in 22 degree weather. If I can run in this, normal temperatures will be cake!
I've added some minor stretching in and it's really helped with the soreness. I haven't entertained the new shoes yet. My ankles seem supported and happy in my shoes now, and my feet don't ache at all, so I might wait a little bit to invest.
It's kind of amusing when I run by the front office because they probably have started noticing my morning lap. It's a weird motivator in a way. If I start doing two laps, they're probably going to notice. If I miss a morning, they'll probably notice that too. I can't disappoint them! Not that they care that much, but it works for me!
I am happy with the idea that the more you do something, the easier it gets. With this new running challenge, I've been mustering up more self control with my eating. I went to a bunco party at my parents friends house Saturday night and it wasn't a disaster. I went in with the intention to not eat anything, and while I did eat, I didn't feel that overwhelming sense of full that happens when there is food out to graze on for several hours. I also managed to eat mostly vegetables. I will admit that I'm a big sucker for salami, but I did bypass the candy dishes on every table. This is a vast improvement from the last bunco party!
Now the ultimate challenge is to embrace all this as a part of my life now. I have to be relentless about keeping it a daily priority. It's like an epic battle for health! I must win! And I'm damn competitive.