Today I was scared.
I woke up a little earlier so that I could start my day out with some yoga. I wanted to see if it would help with my daily anxiety and to calm my fears about what I was going to do today.
I had my breakfast.
Sweet Whole Wheat Pancakes topped with a little peanut butter and agave syrup. This was my first time using agave as syrup and it was good. I’ll be sticking with that from now on. The juice was a mixture of pineapple, carrots, and strawberries. I love having a juicer for when produce is getting ready to go bad. You can throw it all in there and have a fabulous tasting juice.
I dropped Justine off at school.
And then it was time.
Today was going to be the first day that I was going to run outside.
I have been running on a treadmill in the comfort of my own home. Where if I fail, no one will see me.
If I feel like I can’t do it anymore, I can quit.
My thoughts before running outside:
1) What if I can’t do it?
2) What if I have to walk?
3) What if people see me walking?
4) What if I fail and never want to run outside again?
My thoughts while I was running:
1) It’s 82 degrees outside.
2) There are A LOT of hills in my parent’s neighborhood.
3) Running outside is a lot harder than running on a treadmill.
4) My feet feel like lead.
5) I don’t care what people think I am pushing myself as hard as I can.
In the end I ran 2.5 miles in 37 minutes. It’s not the 10, 9, or even 8 minute miles that people run, but it was the best for me today.
It took me about that amount of time to get my heart rate back to normal.
Do you see what I see???? 689 calories my friend. Between the run and my 20 minute walking cool down I burned 689 calories. I’m floored.
I ended up running on the flat surfaces and walking up hills. They were killer.
The one good thing about running outside is that you just can’t quit. You always have to get yourself back to where you started.
I finally have something to work towards. I can work towards beating that time and improving my run.
And finally some questions for you runners out there….
1) While I was running my heart rate got between 180-190. I thought that was a little high so I decided to walk for a few minutes to get it down a little. Is that a high heart rate for working out at your max?
2) While I was running I was feeling a lot of pressure in the front of my head… does that happen to anyone else?