I feel like a 41 year old mom starting an exercise program from "Woman's Day" magazine when I walk instead of run. I don't walk very often. My husband volunteered to come with me if I walked (and left my brand new iPod) behind and I was thrilled enough to agree.
Then, after a lovely 3 mile walk (which, ironically, is actually a good quad workout for me because I have to take huge strides to keep up with him), I grabbed my iPod and dashed out into the dark! It was so refreshing to break out and run that I made record time around my mile loop.
I realize my mileage is still pathetic, but I'm starting to feel like a runner again. : )