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Developing a new habit

Sunday, March 03, 2013

So, the new habit I want to develop is running outdoors, rather than on the treadmill... so, how do I start and maintain this habit? I guess the thing is just to begin. I feel very self conscious when I run outdoors for some reason, but the only way to get past that is to just do it over and over again. I see a few hardy souls out running in this weather, and it boggles my mind, but I applaud them... I just don't think I will be joining them. lol! I want to be ready mentally and physically to run a 5k in June, which means running outside. I just need to make the decision to do it and stick with it.

I managed a rest day yesterday, and only walked Cooper 7.5 miles. That meant I ended the week having tracked 112.2 miles. Whoa! I definitely need my two rest days this weekend. I am taking a lazy morning this morning, but will take the dog out shortly for a 3.2 mile walk. Our "short" walk lately has been about 2 miles. He sure is a happy (and calm) pup.

My week will be off schedule pretty much all week, as I have a number of appointments, starting tomorrow with an appointment at the gym in the morning with the PT for measurements, then in the the afternoon with my apartment building manager to go over paperwork (oh joy...) and sign a bunch of stuff. I am looking forward to the first appointment, but not really looking forward to the second one.
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    You are amazing!
    1815 days ago
    It's nice to have company when you walk. Your dog gives you a plus - incentive! Way to go!!
    1818 days ago
  • FARRAH511
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    1818 days ago
    emoticon on your mileage for the week! It is obvious from your dail walking that this go is so attainable for you. You are practically doing it already anyway- just at a walking pace instead of a run! I am cheering you on! I know you can do it!!
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    1818 days ago
    Running outdoors will get easier as you do it. The self-conscious aspect will go away after a short time. It won't be long and people will be admiring and applauding you for going out and running.
    1818 days ago
    Our blog titles are similar today! You are developing a great healthy habit! I love being outside and would rather walk outside than inside, too! Daylight savings time ends next week so more light means more walking opportunity. emoticon
    1818 days ago
    Keep at it!
    1818 days ago
  • EJOK170
    Wow. Impressive walking schedule. Cooper must be pretty fit too!
    You're doing great!
    1818 days ago
    Great job, and you have a lucky dog!
    1818 days ago
    Wow, you've racked up some miles in the last week - awesome! I think you might be surprised - and actually like running outdoors. Love to see your report after you've tried it. All the best to you!
    1818 days ago
    You will love running outdoors. I used to feel really self-conscious when I started running. I thought everyone would think I was the poseur that I felt like. Then I realized that they saw me for only a few seconds and then we'd pass each other. That's when I decided that I must look like an amazing athlete toughing out the roughest work out ever (since I was red in the face and gasping for air!) lol. And the others are right. People are too self absorbed to notice anyone else. And the other runners are going to be totally supportive of you.
    1819 days ago
    You already walk outside, just add a few little jogs as you walk. That will help your confidence. Believe it or not, you are really the only one that notices you! Everyone is wrapped up in their own lives. I run or walk past a bakery every day. I have pigtails and wear a BRIGHT neon yellow jacket. The owner/baker, who faces the window never noticed me until I cam in to get some bread.

    Worrying about what we look like out running is really all in our own heads.
    1819 days ago
    Awestome program you are on. Great job on all your miles! Cooper must really love those walks. Keep rockin'!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1819 days ago
    Spring will be here soon and you will be able to run outside.
    1819 days ago
    Awesome job with those miles:) So great! It is much easier for me to run outside when the weather is nice. Was going to go today but too chilly. Hubby and I were going to take the pups for a hike, but it started flurrying! So we are enjoying a nice, relaxing day inside where it is warm:)
    1819 days ago
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