Well, I bet it's more like taxiing to the runway.
I'm determined to ease back into running after taking this past month of to rest my IT band. I was so bummed during this time off from running that I don't want to be bothered by this injury again. I focused on walking and strength training. But today was the day. I started my "running" program at ~11am this morning. I decided not to jump right back in, like I wanted, and try to run 2 miles today. I decided to go back to the beginning. Almost.
In May of this year I started the Couch to 5K (C25K) from the Cool Running website. It changed my life. I found something I really enjoyed that I could do anywhere. So I went back to it. Today was Day 1 of Week 3.
I didn't start at the beginning, because I knew I was past that point. I still walk and go to the gym, so I have some endurance and didn't want to start all over. This time was easier than I remember. I almost thought I should have started at Week 4 or maybe run again tomorrow, but I'm going to restrain myself. Over training is what got me here in the first place. If I'm ever going to run that 1/2 marathon in 2008, I'm going to need to stay healthy.