I’ve been running on and off for more than a decade. I’ve used it as a way to relieve stress and by running 2 marathons, proved to myself that I can accomplish physical goals that we’re unimaginable to me years ago. After my last marathon, almost 2 years ago, I haven’t run very consistently. My son is now 2 and I feel guilty about running as I should be spending time with him. However, I do need time for myself. To that end, about 6 weeks ago (maybe longer), I started running every other day. I’ve been doing a decent job keeping this up, only missing a few days which I just made up the next day. While I’d like to run 4 days a week consistently, this every other day schedule is working out quite well. My runs are 3-5 miles and take 30-50 minutes (I’m not back down to a 9 minute mile) which is enough to get my heart going, but doesn’t take that much time that I feel guilty about knocking off from work early and still get back in time to walk the dog.
Along with the other changes in my life, I would like to make this a permanent routine as it is going to be the only way I can keep my head from exploding!