Now that I’m five weeks into this, it feels safe to finally write about my return to running (well, let’s be honest, it’s really more jogging at this point, but why argue semantics?).

So, anyway … I finally got my act together at the beginning of May and started training again. I’m using the same method Bessie and I used when we trained for the Monumental Half-Marathon back in 2011 and ’12: an eight-week couch-to-running program followed by a 10-week half-marathon training plan. I figure if I do that, then repeat the final eight weeks of the half plan, that will take me into this year’s Monumental in pretty good shape.

The nice thing — besides the fact that I’m actually up and exercising — is that the neighborhood where we live now is much more conducive to the whole running (eh, jogging) thing. Amazing what a difference sidewalks and wide streets can make.

The challenge is keeping on track when the work schedule plays havoc with the running schedule.  Last weekend, being on the road, I ended up running 30 minutes on a treadmill at my hotel because the surroundings (an interstate, a McDonald’s parking lot, a state highway) didn’t exactly seem all that run-friendly.