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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I was considering whether I was feeling guilty about not going to the gym today, and then I looked at my Fitness Tracker and saw how many calories I have already burned today, and decided against it. It looks like I will have burned about the same amount of calories as if I had gone to the gym today, so I am content to chill for the rest of the evening and just relax. Not that guilt is generally a productive emotion anyway.

It is snowing pretty hard right now. It has been snowing on and off all day, but it isn't sticking. It is depressing though to have to bundle up in my cold weather gear a week into Spring.

I ran into a friend while I was taking Cooper for his afternoon walk. I see him out running with his Jack Russell Terrier fairly often. We were chatting about running, and he said that running on the treadmill is harder for him than running outside. So, now I am thinking that this issue I have with running outdoors is more of a mental block than a physical issue. I can run 3-4 miles on the treadmill at the gym, but I get out on the sidewalk and can only make it 5-10 minutes before taking a walking break. One thing that occurred to me is that I run faster outdoors without the treadmill regulating my pace. I need to learn to slow down I guess. I NEVER thought I would say something like that! I was always the slow one. Carrying an excess 150+ pounds around with me everywhere definitely slowed me down. Another factor influencing my problem with running outdoors is that I haven't found anyone to run with (of course, I haven't looked real hard), and I do better with a buddy or partner. I will push myself farther if I am exercising next to someone else. Guess I should get on the ball and find someone to run with, huh?

Now, if the snow would stop and the sun would come out I would put all this insight to use.

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    You may have issues with the concrete surface of sidewalks... I can walk and run longer on a treadmill or rebounder for 20-30 minutes but like you, only a few minutes on concrete sidewalk. I can last a bit longer on Tarmac roads in neighborhood but have to walk on the right side of the "slope" (many of our roads are "crowned" in the middle so that water can run off.), becsuse my right leg is longer than my left leg. Ya just gotta do it how it works best for ya!
    1813 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/2/2013 8:08:03 AM
    Plenty of running clubs out there or you may find a running mate via a running website or Yahoo. Treadmill running is easier simply because you can't take that motor and electricity with you :) As for pace, plenty of apps and gizmos to help you track as you go. emoticon
    1816 days ago
    emoticon must find a buddy
    emoticon it's not a race, just find the pace- what about a playlist at the right tempo?
    emoticon guilt gets us nowhere fast

    hoping that soon your emoticon will also be emoticon
    1817 days ago
    Let's have some spring!
    1818 days ago
    Was nice and warm today in MN. Awesome sunny day and snow is melting!

    We may have some rain on Saturday. The nicer weather will reach you soon.
    1818 days ago
    I would send you some sunshine, but it is snowing here. emoticon
    1818 days ago
    I have a friend who trained for a half marathon totally on the treadmill! So I guess it's a personal thing as to which is easier/harder. I'd rather be outside -- treadmill is lethally boring to me!

    I can't believe it's snowing there. I think we're done with it finally in Arkansas.
    1818 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    I wouldnt worry about the walking breaks. Better to run fast and workup to running longer. It will come faster than you know it.
    1818 days ago
    I find it a bit harder to run outside as you have to actually propel your body ... however it is much more interesting and enjoyable than the treadmill. I don't blame you for not wanting to run outside in the snow or ice. That sounds dangerous!
    1818 days ago
    I'd run with you if we were closer in distance :)
    1818 days ago
    You are awesome and amazing! I'm so proud of all you do. You will LOVE running outside once you figure your pace.
    1818 days ago
  • MELIKO21
    The fact that you have this insight is definitely a step in the right direction! emoticon
    1818 days ago
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