Tuesday, April 15, 2014
These past few days have been such an amazing spring preview, with temps in the 70s, that I simply could not resist putting myself right out there and jogging to soak it all up before the hammer falls tonight dropping to 18 chilly degrees with snow yet one more time.
But: Holy quads afire I've got a good aching soreness that comes from working different muscles. Each year I re-discover how differently one works muscles with running as opposed to my usual spin bikes and elliptical workouts...!
One thing I've been doing with my jogs has been to, whenever possible take to the grass and dirt instead of pavement so that I can be kinder to my joints. I've seen folks way more obese than I pounding the pavement and can't help but cringe, thinking: please don't punish your body and move off the paved trail into the grass and dirt!
Plus tip #2 I'd give them if I could: all the torture involved in moving a morbidly obese body anywhere on dry land (as opposed to water) is going to yield miniscule results for weight loss compared to channeling our efforts toward diligence in making healthier food choices. Drop some pounds this way first and THEN when one can take pleasure in moving one's body, THEN start pushing yourself with workouts to lose inches and tone yourself.
Yesterday's jog was not as awesome as those over the weekend as it was cloudy and unsettled. But my route took me from my fitness center downtown Binghamton along the Riverwalk trail (which is my current SparkPage background picture from another year), over the Washington Street bridge and the Vestal Parkway overpass toward what used to be MacArthur school (flooded and torn down) and around the track which still remains and heading back to the fitness center. The wind was wild and woolly as I jogged along the two rivers of my route (Chenango & Susquehanna) taking in the energy of the waters at their confluence. When one is outdoors there are always special aspects of nature to take in and savor.
Here are a couple of pics from the Confluence Park from calmer times:
Now I shift gears for a few days and take 'er indoors to the spin bike and elliptical. The warmth & sunshine? They'll be back to lure me outdoors again soon enough!
Have a wonderful Easter week filled with SPARK everyone!