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.