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Monday, October 05, 2009

Today, I'm admitting to a deep, dark secret I've been harboring for 4 months now. (Oh, maybe it's not so deep and dark; I've mentioned it a couple of times.) I've been living vicariously through the running adventures of Karvy, AprilRunner and SlartyB since I added them as SparkFriends. Someday, I wanna do that too! (SOMEDAY. Yeah, right. Won't that be pretty??)

This morning was cool and breezy but, thankfully, not raining. I'm realizing that my bicycling days are numbered; it probably won't be my main form of exercise but will come and go as the weather allows. The north wind made me think that the bike ride probably wouldn't be a lot of fun today and since I didn't want to stay indoors, I decided to go for a walk. I recently bought a pedometer; it was cheap and I question its accuracy but it's making me more aware of walking so I'll add it to my toy collection to keep me motivated.

I don't walk regularly because I don't generate the kinds of numbers that I'm accustomed to when I'm riding. I chose a quiet route that doesn't have a lot of cars on it and also has those g-r-a-d-u-a-l hills that never seem to end. I put on my HRM and my pedometer (wired for sound!!) and started out.

Beep-beep-beep went the stupid HRM. I can never get my heart rate where I want it when I'm walking. Even after I got to the top of the first hill, it still was too low. I saw a flat stretch ahead of me (and I knew there'd be no witnesses!) and thought, "Today's the day I try something new. I'm going to take this at a fast trot. I'm going to count to 10 and then see where my heart rate is." Success!! Each time my heart rate went too low, I ran. Counted to 30, to 60, to 70. Eventually I changed my HRM setting to a higher level. It was good and productive!! AND I HAD FUN. I will be adding this to my growing list of exercise options.

So thank you to all my running friends, current and future. You've kept that Spark of possibility glowing inside of me to try new challenges. I'll miss the regular bike rides but this has me excited!! Oh, I'm sure I'll pay for this tomorrow but it's a rest day anyway and I can enjoy the creaky reminders of my big accomplishment!

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    How cool!! AND LOOK AT YOU NOW!
    3759 days ago
    Great job pushing it that little bit more each time! Great blog! emoticon
    4092 days ago
    Glad to see all is going well for you. I just started running again yesterday after a 5 week lay off because of broken toes. I'm glad I have a tread mill to use at home because I am not sure about going out in this cold wheather. Not looking forward to winter but what can you do. Have a great day and keep up the good work. emoticon
    4111 days ago
    I'm so proud of you!!
    4120 days ago
    Congrats on your first step...take it slow, listen to your body - it does get easier and it feels AMAZING!
    Completely relate to living vicariously through others - definatley helped (pushed) me to sign up for my first 5k and now...look out!
    4121 days ago
    Good for you!! It's great having lots of exercise options--and it's great to feel like you can grow into a new exercise. Good job with using the HRM! It's a real motivator! emoticon
    4121 days ago
    After lots of bad weather and lack of safe biking areas near me, I invested in a trainer for my bike. Set it up in front of the t.v. and can now ride whenever I like! Something to look into...not too expensive, under $100.00 for the trainer and front wheel block.
    4121 days ago
  • SUGIRL06
    Great job! You've taken the first step toward being a runner! Woohoo!
    4121 days ago
  • LINDA0229
    That's wonderful! You are an inspiration to me with how you mix up your exercise routines and find innovative ways to motivate yourself. When I start to get bored, I'm just going to re-read your blogs.

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    4121 days ago
  • BITSY0516
    Congrats!!! I think I am going to put a HRM on my Christmas wish list this year. I think that would really help me get in shape.
    4121 days ago
    That is AWESOME!!!! I'm so proud of you! I never thought I could run either, but doing the C25K program changed my life. I just ran my first 5K on Sunday, and I'll never be the same person again. I used to care what people thought of me while I run, now I don't care. I used to want to wait until I was "skinnier" to try new things. Now I say, why wait? I'm never going to get this minute, this hour, this day, this LIFETIME back. I've wasted too much time, no more. I'm so glad you did it! :) Hooray for you!!!! You are ROCKIN IT!
    4121 days ago
    Wow!!! I ran vicariously through you this morning. That is awesome!!! Good job. You took yourself out of the box and gave yourself a chance for something new. I'll remember that today when I step on the treadmill. Maybe it won't hurt to trot for a minute.
    4121 days ago
    Wow! GREAT for you!!
    I tried that -- a short run after 3 mi of fast walking and my knees weren't happy, so I think I have a lot more weight to lose before I can do that regularly -- like you, I am trying to be cautious, so I can keep making progress and not have to care for injuries. But it did feel great to go faster, didn't it!
    4121 days ago
  • KARVY09
    OH YAY! So glad you took the leap and started running. You're so fit now that simple walking isn't going to make your HRM soar!

    Glad you enjoyed your jogging experience, and yes, you may be sore to begin with, but once your body is used to it, it gets easier and easier!
    4121 days ago
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