A few weeks ago I put running (well, slow jogging) back into my workout routine, replacing the 30 minutes of elliptical work. With the weather cooling down, I've been able to move the running to the outside rooftop track. It's nice to be able to run outside again.
I've made attempts in the past to get back into running, but always ended up stopping because of inevitable knee issues. Now, almost 25 pounds lighter, running has become a lot easier than it was and the knees don't bother me nearly as much as they used to.
Before Dragon*Con, I was up to doing 6 laps (1 mile) on the track at a pretty comfortable and leisurely 10 minute mile pace, pushing it up to a 9 minute mile if I was feeling good. This week (after not doing anything for about 3 weeks due to post-Dragon*Con catching up) and with my new shoes, I'm up to 9 laps (1.5 miles) at the same pace.
Not pushing myself too hard yet. I need to build up my endurance. It's been a long time since I did any running on a regular basis. I find myself enjoying it a lot more now than I did in my previous attempts to get back into running. Hopefully this new found desire to run continues. Not having to lug around the extra weight has really helped.
Maybe I'll be able to take on the bridge run next year.