Saturday, November 10, 2012
okay--i do actually know what day it is. i am just posting this tonight because i wanted to tell what a lovely run i had yesterday. i am up to week 7 in the podrunner series. this time they eliminated one of the one minute walking segments--so it is 3 intervals of 15 min. running, a one minute break between each run, 5 min. warm up and cool down.
friday was my second time on this set of intervals. i do each interval set three times before going on to the next.
so friday i went to the local sports park place that has the paved mile running around the perimeter. it was really cold, heavy frost on everything and i was a bit flustered because i had decided to come to this much more public park on the spur of the moment and remembered when i got there that i was wearing a VERY unflattering pair of tights and my baby brothers ancient old safety orange hunting pullover. i am not a very fashionable person (my friend patrick has given up encouraging me to buy a purse--so he informs me that the next time i see him he will have a purse for me) but even for me this look was not the best.
fortunately i was early and no one else was there, and i figure most of the time the traffic is flying by so fast on the highway there won't be enough time for them to register what they see and be frightened. forgot to mention the shredded up teal green headband and the navy blue gloves that the dogs had chewed the fingers out of.
okay--so i started walking--and then the music sped up for the first running segment. sometimes in the cold my leg muscles will seize up a little but they didn't. and i don't know if it was the music or my fitness level or what--but i really started RUNNING. i don't mean fast, i mean the body language of running--more fluid than jogging. this music is paced fairly slowly--i think its 145 bpm or something--it feels like a very slow pace if you just jog. i do chi running, which is a method that spares the joints--it is more flat footed and you don't throw your legs in front of you--you stretch them out behind you if you want to cover more ground. normally my stride is short--but this day i was really able to stretch out and move. my breathing rhythm settled in and i felt so easy and sure of my movement. i really was sort of sad when the first interval came to an end and it was time to walk. at the end of the music i was quite some distance from my car, so i just started the music over again and walked back--got about 10 extra minutes in. it felt so good--i was tired, but not wrecked--my body felt like it had gotten a good workout, but would be more than ready the next time. and i didn't think about my crazy wardrobe again until i was halfway home!