Thursday, December 26, 2013
Happy Holidays! I have been doing a good job exercising over the last few days, and it has paid off! I went to the gym this afternoon and made it through a mile of running. I haven't done that in nearly four months, so I was quite pleased with myself. I have been walking to work and getting in some swims on the weekend, but this week was the first time trying to run again. On Monday, I made it through a mile by running a lap and walking a lap, which was disappointing, since I could run a mile without stopping at the end summer.
Yesterday, I tried to do the same thing in the park near my house, but it was a disaster! I ran for two minutes, felt like I was going to die, walked for a while, then tried it again. I was not able to get past three minutes on the road, and I felt like I was going to die each time I forced myself to run. Today, I went back to the gym, and I ran a mile and felt good, so I am now just confused....WHY IS IT EASIER TO RUN AT THE GYM THAN ON THE ROAD?
The last time I ran without the treadmill it was equally disastrous! It lead to me giving up on running. I was just so disappointed that I could do it on the treadmill, but not on the track. It seemed to defeat the entire purpose of pushing myself to run! So, what is going on here? If I can run for almost 15 minutes on the treadmill, then why can't I do it for more than three and actually get somewhere? I would like to run a 5K this spring, but more importantly, I would like to be able to run this silly mile outside before New Year's Eve.
Any runners out there who can explain why this is happening and how I can fix it? I would also like to lose five pounds before New Year's Eve, but that would require giving up holiday festivities, so the running goal seems like a better choice!