This morning I was able to use the polar heart rate monitor that I just got yesterday. It was pretty rainy, windy, and cold this morning, but I went running anway with my DH and our two dogs. The dogs had a fantastic time. It is the first time that we've all gone running together. They pushed me a little harder than I am used to in the beginning. I burned 485 calories by the time I finished running. By the time my heart rate was under 100 I had burned 525 calories. I'm updating my fitness goals to reflect the higher calorie burn.
This morning was day 3 of running. I've started out doing 2 miles, running every other day. I'm slow, I am going at a 15 minute mile pace. My idea was to increase by .25 miles each week until I can do a 5k, then I will focus on improving my pace a little, and then increasing mileage again if I want to go further. Prior to this I've never been a runner. Couch to 5k never worked for me the many times I tried it. I just finally realized I need to start out at a turtle pace.
This morning I was shocked that running seemed easier. I mean I was still breathing heavy, but physically it seemed easier. I ran with my DH who says that our pace was a little faster this morning. I am so excited to see more improvements. I know that slowly they will come and if I just keep it up I will get there.
This is also the first day I ran at 5:30am. I've also realized that with my work schedule that getting up and doing my workout first thing is the only way to make sure it gets done.
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