Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I started turning my walks into runs today. I have never really been interested in running. I ran as a kid for fun, but there has never been any appeal to me. I enjoy walking and always have. But recently I've noticed that it isn't any effort to walk now. I guess that is good- it must mean I'm getting stronger. But it also means I'm not getting the most cardio and calorie burning bang for my exercise buck, either. So after reading the article on "Turning your walk into a run" I figured I'd try it.
I had extra time this morning as I started out early. I figured I'd walk to warm up, then run for a bit and walk again when I got tired. Maybe it's not the "right" way to do it, but at least I'm moving and stretching my muscles! I decided to use the "perceived effort" approach to determine when to walk or run, and it worked out well. I actually ran al least half of the time I was out, much to my pleasure. And it wasn't too hard. Sure I got tired, but it was a good tired. I could feel my heart rate getting up where it should be.
I grew up in Hopkinton, Mass, the start of the Boston marathon. I'd been to the start of the race many times, and I was thinking of this as I was on my way back, running. I was thinking and running and getting tired, when I became aware of a sound. I looked to my right, and there on her porch, in her night gown, was my dear neighbor, clapping and cheering for me!! Now I know what a charge the runners get in a real marathon, cause it sure felt good to me!!