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First walk/run experience...

Friday, July 06, 2012

Since my neck/back/shoulder/whatever injury, I haven't been exercising. There's not a whole lot I can do without exacerbating my injury and I have been in so much pain that even doing the dishes is not pleasant. Heck, picking up a tea cup hurts.

But there is this thing looming over my head - eating at me. It is one of my spark streaks. I have been most proud of watching this particular number grow - like a little baby. It started out small... and then I noticed, slowly slowly, it's been getting bigger. It is "exercise 90 minutes/week". Normally I reach a minimum of 120 minutes without a problem. This week for the first time in a long while... I was sitting on a big fat ZERO. My current streak started July 31, 2011. Yep, 48 weeks ago. I was so excited because I am coming up on my one year anniversary of exercising consistently. This is HUGE!

Imagine my dread to think that my streak could end. It can't. It won't. I have 2 days. Today & tomorrow. 45 minutes per day. Surely, I can find SOMETHING for my legs to do. My wonderful DH dragged me out of bed at 6:30 to go for a 45 minute walk before it got too hot. It was so much fun with him there. We talked & laughed.

It's a 1/3 mile track ~ 1/6 slightly uphill ~ 1/6 slightly downhill. We did the first mile walking & then for laps 4-9 we walked uphill & jogged downhill. **6 laps of 1/6 mile ** I RAN A MILE!!!! emoticon I'm so excited!!

The best part was that there were 3 other people there. I didn't care what they thought. I've been so self-conscious about running where I may be seen and yet, I did it! That was the one thing that kept me from starting. Fear of judgement.

Thank you spark streak for pushing me when I wasn't willing to push myself. You & your demanding little numbers... emoticon

Now... to do it again tomorrow... AGH!!! My legs are jello! lol. I only need 45 minutes. I can do it!

Oh, and the funny part of it - I walk a 15 minute mile. I walk/run a 16 minute mile. LOL. Figure that one out. Apparently, I walk WAY SLOWER during my recovery. Eh, it's something to work on.
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