I've let my body get to a point where I am unhappy with it, and certainly not anywhere close to "marathon-shape." At the same time, I realize that training for a marathon was a part-time job and I am not in the same place, vis a vis my personal life, that I was at that time. I am very happy with my boyfriend and to be completely honest, I enjoy spending a lazy morning with him more than I do sweating and tiring myself out for hours on end.
That being said, I've instituted a new running "program" in which I currently run three times a week - Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, and on the off-chance I break my promise to myself, then Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. I visited my parents in chilly Massachusetts at the beginning of November and used the cooler weather as a launching pad for my new regime. I ran twice when I was home (3 day visit to see my Mummu) and walked 2 miles with my Dad as well. Those excursions basically told me what I already knew - that I was out of shape - and allowed me to be honest with myself - I need to get back in shape.
I have tried my boyfriend's gym, but seeing a bunch of muscled gym-boys peacock around each other does not encourage me to return --- until I can peacock as well, of course. So, running it is. I find it relaxing and meditative and it's about time I turn this flab into fab again.
So, hopefully, I will be writing on here a lot more. My first week back, I ran a mile on each day - Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. My boyfriend and our dog joined me on Tuesday's run (that's my "Saturday") and it felt good. I was able to get up early enough - on my weekend! - that it was only sweltering instead of scorching. I signed up for the Busch Gardens Run for Wildlife 5K so there's that to try to not embarrass myself at, but my time will be nothing like last year's and that's okay. I hope to continue my quest for a half in every state this year, but as the Wildfire Half Marathon in Denton, Texas in July taught me...I will be training for them. :)