Like many here (I suspect), I used to run. It was the late 70s-early80s running boom with Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers making news all the time. (Sports other than major team sports used to get more coverage didn't they??) I ran my first 5 miler at the age of 30 and for about a decade thereafter I ran regularly and could do 10k in 42-44 minutes. I looked marvelous and felt even better.
Well, you know the story: work/career, family, home improvement all set in and before you know it you are pretty fat and have to do something. For me it was cycling and for 4 1/2 years now I've clawed my way back to some semblance of decent shape and lost over 40 pounds. But, until today, I had not run a step in 15-20 years.
Now I work in a campus building that is a recreation/fitness facility and there is a new 8-lap/mile track so this is convenient for me... and I've been feeling really good lately, like maybe trying to run again as my weight goes down and strength goes up.
Well, today was the day. My goal was to do eight laps running with a lap walking in between each lap. The first dozen steps were met with wince-inducing spinal pain from the impact but that gradually went away. Each successive lap got better and by the end I was extending my runs well into the walk lap. Those old neuromuscular patterns were coming back. Thanks to my 22,000 miles of cycling, cardiovascular fitness was not an issue... at least after the shock of the first couple of laps.
Mission accomplished. I feel good... really good. This is promising.