It has been exactly four weeks since I last ran. Over the course of those four weeks, I taught a lot, learned a lot, met some great people, and spent some time with old friends and family. It was some fantastic time that I wouldn't give back for anything, but I missed running.
I spent the time in: three different airports, high schools, hotels, golf courses, parks, and stadiums. Needless to say, my choices of food were not of the healthiest varieties. I did my best to pick the healthiest choices and not eat too much.
I was honestly worried about my weight on the trip, but I just tried to eat as healthy as I could with what I had. I got back to Louisville and weighed myself and I had lost weight! I was so happy.
My co-op ended well and I have some exciting opportunities for the near future.
School started back on Monday, and it has gone deceivingly well so far. One of my classes doesn't start until next week because my professor is teaching us concurrently with WKU. I'm assuming the Western students will teleconference in. The neatest part is that we get both UofL's and WKU's fall breaks off!
My online class hasn't really kicked into gear yet. I've just been reading the textbook for a couple weeks. The other two classes I'm taking are project classes. Right now we're just making teams and deciding what our projects will be, so things are really slow. Here in two or three weeks, I'm sure I'll be ready to do some drastic, nonsensical action due to stress. I'm not looking forward to it.
Tonight was the first real opportunity I've had to run, so I decided to take advantage of it. I got home from class around 7:20pm and got ready. I was looking forward to seeing Central Park again. The sun was setting and behind enough buildings so my Oakley's stayed in my room. I was happy that it wasn't quite as hot as it had been only hours before.
I decided to start back on Week 3. I knew I would have to recondition myself and that week is a good place to do that. I began the program.
The warmup was nice. The first run came and within the first four strides, I realized I had forgotten to change into my boxer-briefs. Whoops! It's been too long! Oh well.
As I was running, I felt like I was going mach speed. It felt natural, but I was moving faster than I ever had. Sadly, this didn't last for the entire workout. I could tell I was going slower in the last two runs. I had more trouble getting a good, deep breath than I remembered from previous runs.
As the second to last run wrapped up, I got that side pain on my right side. I put my hands on my head for the duration of the walk and the pain had subsided by the time the final run arrived.
During the last run, I caught all the stop lights perfectly. No need for pauses or anything. I was trying to slow my breathing to little avail. I just kept running, though.
The last run completed and I was feeling alright. It felt good to have completed another run. To get back in the game felt nice. I used the cool down to walk back to my apartment. I promptly showered and began this post.
I checked the stats on the run and my run time was the fastest since I started the program! How reassuring!
I weighed today, and I've lost 26.4 lbs since the end of June and starting the program!
I'm not entirely sure when I'll get back on schedule. I hope to start back on a MWF schedule next week. We'll have to see how classes and school work go. Regardless, it feels great to be back. I hope readership returns to what it was before. I can't count the times I've met up with people I haven't seen or spoken to in months and they ask me how the running is going. That's awesome. Thanks to all my supporters!
The song of the run is Ratatat - Loud Pipes. This band is unreal and something I can always listen to. I hope you enjoy!