Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I recently completed 700 miles walking so far in 2011. About 3 months ago I began to jog a small portion of my daily 3 miles, found it wasn't for me so I returned to just walking at appx. 3.5mph. In the last several days I happened to read a few very inspiring stories of sparkers who challenge themselves more aggressively than I have. Then I watched the latest biggest looser and decided I wanted to push myself much harder to see what I really can do. In August I took the one mile test and completed it in 14:58, mostly walking (and at 312 lbs). Today I ran two miles in 24:02(at 295lbs).
It was raining and very dark on country dirt roads. I felt exillerated and had more " gas in the tank", but decided not to risk injury in the poor running conditions. I even got a small taste of the runners high (probably aided by listening to Journey singing don't stop believing...lol).
For health reasons, I do best by doing cardio every day. I know it's not smart to run every day, so I am going to try to alternate running/walking daily.
It's been 20 years and 100 lbs ago when I ran 15-20 miles weekly so this is uncharted turf for me and I will half to watch carefully how my body responds to this new regime, making adjustments as necessary.
I want to give a shout out to all my spark friends who continue to inspire me, you guys are the best!