I've recently started running again. By again, I mean I used to run occasionally when I'd decide every once in a while that I should start running again. Of course, that would only last a week or two, so we'll see how long this phase lasts.
This time I started up after hearing my wife talk about a guy at work who just ran a half-marathon here in Tacoma not too long after having part of his lung removed for medical reasons. That inspired me for some reason, so now I have a goal to run the Tacoma half-marathon next spring. My wife has agreed to do it, too, so I've done a bit of research and set us up a reasonable training schedule.
A co-worker recently bought a Nike+ Kit that lets you keep track of your running data with an iPod Nano, and with me being easily influenced by friends when it comes to gadgetry, I bought one, too (and a 4GB Silver Nano).
To break it in, I decided to run 5K along Tacoma's beautiful Ruston Way waterfront. I finished in 26:17. I was pleased with that, though I had to push myself at the end to keep going. The nice woman in my Nike+ kit was helpful when she counted down the last few 100 meters. Hearing "Only 300 meters to go" really helps in some way.
(Or see my run on Runner+)
I'm hoping with the combination of having goals (running events), a training schedule (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday), some fancy gadgetry and data (Nike+), and a running partner (my wonderful wife), I'll be able to keep this up for the long term.