For those of you who don't know me well, I've had a hit and miss relationship with running. Over the years I was fortunate enough to live mostly in climes that allowed outdoor running year round, until about ten years ago when I moved to Iowa. Since then, I've mostly been constrained to treadmill running.
About five years ago, I started training for Dam to Dam, the local 20k run, as a 40-year-birthday-bucket-list goal. I trained for months and months, posted my times and distances to my blog, and generally tried to do it right.
That worked for months until I went off the rails, overtrained, injured part of my diaphram, and went down hard for nearly a year. Ever had a runners stitch? Yeah, that was me for a full- year. I woke up with it, I went to sleep with it. It took me a long, long time to recover and not be in pain.
Now I am running again as part of my morning routine, but not for long distances. I may eek out 1.5 miles on the treadmill every morning after weights, and was considering upping my distance during the warmer months when I have the dog outside for the both of us.
Enter Team Fox(y).