Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I was looking over my blogs from the first months here at SP, when I was doing so well and lost 35 lbs in just a few months, to see what was different. What I realized was that I was pushing myself everyday, competitively. I was running everyday, timing myself, and giving all I had the next day to beat my time. I felt really inspired to do that again, and figured that it was a waste to have new Saucony running shoes in the closet that were not being used for running - along with some pretty cool workout clothes, and an awesome sports bra from Moving Comfort (Maia) . . . so I go dressed, tied my running shoes, put on my UA hat so the sweat wouldn't run into my eyes - I sweat an unbelievable amount: not just for a female, but for a human being - then I set up my RunDouble app to 'open run' and filled my playlist with Rob Thomas / Matchbox 20. I felt like a real runner and for me, as silly as it may be, that's important.
I did a walk/jog to the college track - which is about mile from my apartment, and was hoping that I would be able to alternate laps with running and walking, but it's been so long since I've run that my cardio is awful. I felt so grateful that I quit smoking on Christmas - it was a Christmas gift to my beautiful mother. I was unable to do what I was hoping for, but I improvised. I did a rapid walk until I got to the curve of the track and then I sprinted, giving it all I had, to the other side of the curve. I have a sports-watch that tracks my heart-rate and calories burned according to that number. I was able to get my heart-rate up to 178, which is 98%, and in 55:20 I did 3.25 miles and burned a total of 826 calories. When I got home I felt my legs shaking when I was walking up the stairs. I feel pretty good right now, and I am so proud of myself!