Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Once it started getting hot here, I stopped running outside. I overheat super easily and even when itís 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 Iíd run on the treadmill at the gym once it got above 70 degrees or so. Of course here in the South itís pretty much permanently above 70 at this point so Iíve been setting the treadmill to 1% include and running like a hamster on a wheel. Itís 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.
Iím amazed at my ability to trick myself into running longer (ďjust one more song!Ē I tell myself) or faster (ďJust sprint until you get to the next street signĒ). Iím also amazed at my ability to defeat myself Ė when I look at my heart-rate monitor Iím pretty much guaranteed to suddenly feel tired and need a break.
Iím 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 Ė 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 thatís a sign of good health (lower heart rate when I run + less weight = fewer calories burned), but itís still a downer.
I will say with running outside when itís 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!