I went to one of my events, and being me, started reading slogans on T-shirts. This one struck me: "Your workout is OUR warm-up".
Well, I could rephase that: "today's workout is tomorrow's warm-up". Or "Yesteryear's workout is today's warm-up".
Seriously, fitness is cumulative. Beginners, take heart if all you can do right now is something a "real" exerciser would just use as a warm-up. Someday, if you keep at it... it WILL be your warm-up.
It is now Summertime, for real. Temperatures are climbing into the 90's (F) and threatening to top the century mark tomorrow. Today was a running day, and not wanting to run in the after work 90's temperatures, I cajoled my body out of bed and out the door.
I did my full 9-minute warm up - 5 minutes brisk walk, followed by a minute jog, minute walk, twice, then started "running easy". The training plan said I was supposed to run 9 minutes, walk 45 seconds for the remainder of the run... I had not been doing the walking breaks, but this morning I decided I would give them a nod... and put in 30 second walking breaks at those spots.
Deal is: as I was running, being me, those random thoughts popped into my head. It dawned on me that things about my thought pattern related to the run have changed!
What's your thought / motivation when you look at your watch, for example? Used to be, I was thinking .oO(OMG, how much longer do I have to keep doing this before a break?) This morning, I found myself thinking .oO(I have X minutes left... how much farther can I go in that time?)
And I noticed something: my breathing was easier. And I found myself experimenting with lengthening my stride. Focusing on running quietly (something my trainer mentioned last winter).
And when I got to the end of the run, into the cool-down walk, it dawned on me I felt GOOOOD! I may be making the turn from jogger to runner? Is that even possible? Time will tell!
In any case, life is good here with the patriotic oats and the Spark coffee mug. Hope it's the same with all of you! Spark on!