It's strange how your goals can change over a year. Last fall I stopped running. My feet hurt, my knees hurt and it didn't matter how much I worked at it, I still felt exhausted and out of breath each time I ran. I hated it.
This spring I re-evaluated my quitter attitude. It had done me no good. In fact, I was 10 pounds heavier and annoyed with myself. When Joe started training for the Wasatch Back I decided to give the whole program another try.
This year I've started off much slower. I've stuck with the Couch to 5K program very strictly. I've done weeks over if I don't feel ready to move on. I've been running on our treadmill because it's easy to find time while the kids nap and I don't have to push them and their giant stroller around. I've cut down my speed so that I don't feel out-of-breath each time I run. And I can tell you - it really works! (Real runners are out there saying 'duh!')
I'm so glad I went to the Wasatch Back with Joe because it really made me see how fun running can be. I really want to do that race with him next year but I'm going to give it a couple months of training and see how I feel. So my official short-term goal is to do a run-through-the-lavender 5K at Young Living Farms in a few weeks.