Lauren Tucker: The power of a good run

T-minus 22 days! Can you believe it? Itâ??s on the calendar!

T-minus 22 days! Can you believe it? Itâ??s on the calendar! I am so excited, nervous, scared, but mostly excited. Beyond the normal pre-race anticipation and jitters, I am thankful. I am thankful for the people that have surrounded me, lifted me up, and had faith in me when I had given up all hope. I am thankful for a healthy and strong body.

There are so many things to be happy about these days, SPRING has SPRUNG and we are back on track. Itâ??s warm outside and I am running again! In fact this week on my schedule there was no â??alternative cardioâ?? and you have no idea how AWESOME that is! Itâ??s amazing how much you can take something for granted. Like being able to walk or run without pain. It seems like such a simple thing, but once it has happened to you, you understand the value of having that ability. I spent so much time at the gym using exercise machines to make sure I still got my sweat on and stayed in cardiovascular shape so that when my body healed I could get right back to it, jealous of my friends and fellow runners who were able to get out and do the distances. It was a physical AND mental battle.

It was not an easy road back. Once I was running again, it was a lot harder than I remember it being. It was really hard, and I asked myself â??why am I putting myself through this?â?? It felt like starting back at square one and it took weeks to have a good run. I cannot stress the power of a good run. It changes everything and gets you through the (I donâ??t want to say badâ?¦but for lack of a better way to express it) bad runs. This is not just true for those of us that have suffered injuries, or are not â??experiencedâ?? or elite runners. This is true for all runners, and it is important to focus on the good runs, because it is easier to remember the bad ones.

I remember the moment I had my breakthrough, it was a week ago Tuesday (April 23rd). I had been back to running for a couple of weeks at that point. Mostly shorter distances, three or four miles and cardio added on, then five miles. It was one of the first warm days, well it started out warm, if you recall it snowed that night. 60 degrees and sunny, I headed out (wearing a tank top) with a plan to run five miles and five turned into six plus! I ran through down town and back along the bay. Sometimes a change of scenery makes a big difference too, so if you need to get out of a rut; switch up your route. I felt like I was flying and I have been riding that high ever since!

I am happy to report that I ran the amount of miles of a marathon last week (to be precise a little more, 26.8 miles), and after Saturday a total 28 miles this week! Not to mention my second double digit run ever, and a long time personal goal of mine â?? running around Silver Lake.

I hope everyone else out there is having as much fun with their training as I am, and getting out there in this beautiful weather. As always I want to give a shout out to my teammates and dear friends, the group of women that keep me going at Excel and Coach Lisa. I wouldnâ??t be here without your advice and care.

If you see me out there, give a shout, a high five, or a honk! I appreciate the support, you give me wings!

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