Not a secret any more!!
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!