So about 7 days ago, I decided I would try to jog. It was hard to breath, but I manage about 1.5 miles at a slow pace.
I was frustrated, but also felt a little sense of relief and excitement. When you are starting from what seems like scratch, or your own personal scratch, there is only improvement. I am lucky, I am usually always in pretty good shape, so my scratch is relative.
I committed that day to running for 7 straight days. I set a goal of 10 miles for the week. Definitely manageable. On the 8th day, which was Sunday I decided to go for 5 miles. I did not quite make it before my breathing hurt a little and my legs got a little weak, but I was happy with where I got.