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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Once it started getting hot here, I stopped running outside. I overheat super easily and even when it’s cold out get really hot and sweaty and beet red (thanks, rosacea!) when I run. Not with other exercise, for some reason; just running. Anyway, I decided that given all that I’d run on the treadmill at the gym once it got above 70 degrees or so. Of course here in the South it’s pretty much permanently above 70 at this point so I’ve been setting the treadmill to 1% include and running like a hamster on a wheel. It’s so funny to think I used to prefer running on a treadmill!

Well, this morning I woke up and it was overcast, slightly drizzly, and 75. I decided to take a few swigs of water and go for it!

And it was awesome.

I’m amazed at my ability to trick myself into running longer (“just one more song!” I tell myself) or faster (“Just sprint until you get to the next street sign”). I’m also amazed at my ability to defeat myself – when I look at my heart-rate monitor I’m pretty much guaranteed to suddenly feel tired and need a break.

I’m also amazed at how miserable some people look while they exercise in the morning. I live in a tourist town, so this time of year I pass 10-15 people if I go for a morning run. SO few of them smile and say hi! Seriously, people – SMILE! It literally changes your brain chemicals briefly and makes you feel happy! And then, not only will the exercise feel more enjoyable, but your smile will be contagious to others.

One thing I will say is a bit of a bummer is that my calories burned are obviously going down as I lose weight. Runs that were burning 440 calories a few months ago are now only burning 360 per my heart rate monitor. I know that’s a sign of good health (lower heart rate when I run + less weight = fewer calories burned), but it’s still a downer.

I will say with running outside when it’s even remotely warm, I need to get better about hydrating. I got back home completely crabby because I was thirsty and then got nasty when I realized we were out of ice. So next time: Hydrate!

Still, thrilled to have run outside!
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  • JOHGLO2011
    I'm not a runner, but I love walking in the morning while it is still fairly cool and the air is fresh. And yes, I smile at people passing me by. :) Never hurts to give someone a smile in the hope that it will be passed on. Best wishes to you!
    1733 days ago
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