I'm pleased to report that last Saturday's run went much better than the previous one, and I attribute it to getting there early and doing a quick walking warm up - as it turned out, Amy arrived at the same time Jeff and I did, so I grabbed her and off we went. It was actually nice to catch up when we weren't running/panting, so there was that bonus as well. We walked to the corner and back, which turned out to be nearly one mile. A few minutes later everyone else had arrived and we all set off running...and I wasn't hurting during the run! What a nice change! Now, my heel/Achilles is still bothering me, but I've been stretching it like a madwoman and at least I managed to make it through a longish run without wanting to stop and cry. Hurray for small favors!
All in all, we ran 3.7 miles, plus I walked nearly a mile. Nice way to start out my Saturday. Jeff behaved himself and only walked one mile, and his foot felt pretty good afterward. I think by (finally) easing into this, he's going to be back to running with the group soon.
This week Jenny and I are continuing our walk/runs - yesterday we walked one mile, then ran 1.5, then walked another mile. We're at the park enough that we see the regulars, like the woman riding her bike around the paths, and another woman training her adorable border collie puppy. I'm really enjoying our routine!
P.S. If you missed it, I snuck in a review/giveaway post for Insoles and Beyond yesterday...it's open to everyone!