I drug myself out of the door just before sunset yesterday. I had four miles on the calendar. Frankly, I wasn't looking forward to running because it's been quite a drag to head out for slow and labored runs.
I decided that because of the late hour, a run up the San Diego Creek trail toward UC Irvine was in order. The trail is wider and there tends to be less bike traffic after dark. I donned my reflective vest and headlamp and was on my way.
The first thing I noticed was the feeling that I was running! Actually running! Not plodding or slogging along. Pace was good, breathing wasn't labored. I watched my heart rate, and it settled into Zone 3 on my Garmin (75 - 85% MHR). I had that feeling that I was making some progress! I did have to slow down on the return as my heart rate went over 150 bpm, but I ended the run satisfied for the first time in a few weeks. Yeah I know - it was short, but it was a start!