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Well here's a pickle

Monday, December 31, 2012

I just got back from running. I know I did at least 10 minutes because couch to 5k lady said so. But then a couple of blocks later my ipod died. I kept going for a surprisingly long time, considering the only accompaniment was the sound of my breath wheezing in and out of my cold-filled lungs. But I don't know HOW long. I didn't have my watch or phone with me and didn't check the time before I left.

How do you track 'at least ten minutes but probably less than twenty minutes' of running? I think I can safely say I didn't make it to 28 minutes by the way my legs felt a bit too relaxed and I got my breath back a bit too easily when I got home. But at the same time, when running without music every five minutes feels like an hour. I have absolutely no idea how long I was going for.

I made up for it by doing three SP videos when I got home. Which led to the discovery that I am really quite uncoordinated. Considering I've done ballroom, belly dance, ceroc and salsa I thought I was really quite good with the old hand-eye business. But trying to do the SP jump rope workout (with my new blue jump rope Christmas present :D) I nearly tripped myself up about ten times. I couldn't manage jumping from one foot to the other, I managed about two jumps with high knees, and don't get me started on scissor jumps. It was a bit of a shambles.

There's another one to add to my new year's list: practice until I can do it without nearly incapacitating myself. Or just keep my ipod charged so I can keep running and not have to play catch-up with SP videos. Now where did I put that charger...

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    Have you considered mapping the route you took and dividing it out by your usual pace? Then you'll at least have a ballpark.

Good on you for keeping moving after the music quit! Sometimes I mentally bargain with my player because I stream my music and when it quits, I want to quit, too!

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PKBOO3 1/3/2013 8:22AM

    Jump rope is a challenge, especially for a 55 year old (that's me), but its one of two of my favorite exercises. The other is hooping!

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CHANGINGSAM 1/2/2013 4:27PM

    I hate when my phone dies, and I am working out. For me, my phone is my iPod and distance tracker/timer. I'm proud of you for choosing to run anyways as well as for completing three SP videos too!

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BEANIES_MOM 1/2/2013 5:25AM

    I got a new jump rope for my birthday in July.... After nearly killing myself with it, I haven't gone back. I really need to work on coordination. GOOD LUCK!

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    I'd say guesstimate in a modest fashion. Good luck with the jump rope. I'm terrible at it lol.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/1/2013 8:41AM

    Great blog as usual!!

Thanks for being a great Spark Friend and Inspiration in 2012.

Looking forward to see what 2013 brings us!!

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MERRY_XMAS 1/1/2013 5:26AM

    Happy New Year!!!
You can do it!!!

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CHRIS3874 12/31/2012 10:15PM

    Good effort.

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CHICCHANTAL 12/31/2012 6:40PM

    I take it personally when my iPod dies on me. I think 'et tu, Brute?'

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DISAPPEARING1 12/31/2012 3:54PM

    You crack me up!! Keep up the great work!!

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JILLYBEAN25 12/31/2012 3:07PM

    Well, at this point, I'd say "your best guess" is all you can do. I tried doing jump rope earlier this year. It is way harder than I remember it being as a kid! I need a better rope so I can get back into it sometime soon.

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SHAR8676 12/31/2012 1:22PM

    Congrats on your determination to keep going and for running in the cold!!!

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SAINTBETH 12/31/2012 10:37AM

    Jump rope is hard! Makes respect the boxers I see training that way.

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