When I turned 40 years of age, I started a running habit. By the time I fizzled out at 46 years of age, I had run multiple 5Ks and three half marathons. I had LOVED running so much that I could easily put in a 5-7 mile run on a weekday and then turn around and do it again the next day.

But in the summer of 2016, the stress of work had become so overwhelming that I lost the desire to run and do some of the other things I was engaged in. I ended up quitting the sport.

As the last 3 years have passed, I’ve looked in the mirror and watched the undesirable transformation. As I have aged, I’ve also lost fitness and gained weight.

So, I wanted to do something about it. I’m turning 50 years of age this year, after all! I found a “Couch to 5K” running plan and tackled it. I only have 2 more training runs to complete it. Essentially, I’m back into running again.

Today, I went out for a training run/walk routine (mostly running) and put in 4.93 miles. It felt great!

I still have some hurdles to jump as I continue to build fitness and strength. But, I’ve got that good feeling back! I can’t wait to start running in street races again!

My 4.93-mile route around my neighborhood today.