I’ve been trying to get back into a regular running routine with little success.  Not only is it fun and healthy but it will help with my endurance on the Inca trail.  I have less than 2 months to go before I leave for Perú, so hopefully that will motivate me to get out there and run at least a few times a week.  2 months is enough time to get me back up to at least 10 miles a week, but I’m hoping for closer to 15.  The only way I’m going to be able to do this is if I start waking up early to go running before work.  I’ve had good intentions to start morning running for years but I haven’t been able to do it more than a few days before I stop.

Yesterday, I ran for 25 minutes.  I could have run longer, but I decided a 2 week break was too much for me to just jump back into a 35 – 45 minute average run so I stopped and walked home.  My hips and ankles felt a little creaky the rest of the day but this morning I’m feeling fine.

I’d like to go for another run before it warms up outside, but I think I’ll do some leg strength exercises instead.  My running muscles need some time to recover from yesterday’s creakiness.  I keep reading in Inca Trail blogs that folks are wishing they did more stair training before going on the trek, so the least I can do this morning is emulate stairs with some squats and lunges, right?

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