I just got back from the gym and am so pumped! I did an hour on the elliptical trainer and then thought what the hey, I was already more than warmed up. I hopped on the treadmill and cranked out a leisurely half-mile. Very leisurely; I'm talking a 15-minute-mile pace. I've always been a slow runner by preference anyway, but I'm taking it extra easy since my last running streak was from February to July 2009, and before that I had not run since October 2008. But I'm back, folks!
My heartrate was 167 when I finished the half-mile. I like to keep it under 140 so I will probably not run more than a half-mile at a time for a while. I figure seven or eight minutes at the higher heartrate will not hurt me.
I will have to start stretching out before my workouts now. I have only been stretching out afterwards since I started this latest stint of working out regularly. But today after 20 minutes on the elliptical my left knee started feeling tight. I will probably start taking glucosamine again, too, to protect my joints. I find it really helps me when I take it regularly.