Keeping Busy and thinking about fitness growing up
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I know this is crazy but I still can't wait until next Friday is over. I've never been one to wish time away but I honestly can't wait until this is all over. I'm a bad person for waiting. I don't like to be late but I don't like to wait for appointments so I'm the person that shows up right. on. time. LOL. I'm holding on to good thoughts though about the whole ordeal.
So today me and my lady pal Daisy headed out for a walk/jog. We are getting faster!!! That is the one thing I think is cool to look back and compare on my Cardiotrainer phone app. That and the widget on my main page of my phone that shows how many calories I've burned in the last 7 days (currently 1500).
I'm currently running about 50ish seconds on 4 minutes off. I'm recovering faster though. I get the itch to run again around the 3 minute mark. Next time out I'll push myself for a full minute of running and then I'm going to progress to take away a little recovery time. Its like a little game I play with myself. I'm not a competitive person but I like pushing my own self a little farther each time.
When I was out today I was thinking back to growing up and how it seemed like there was always the athletic kids and then there was the rest of us. In middle school, in particular, that really started to become more apparent.
They would have us do the 1 mile run tests. I don't remember any conditioning to work us up to it or any coaching to help us. You were just told to run as fast as you could to reach the mile mark. The athletic kids did great they did it and were done in no time flat. For the rest of us at the end of the mile I remember feeling about half dead, lungs completely on fire, hardly could catch a breath. NO WONDER for years I hated running.
In high school they started grading us for PE. In the volleyball unit you had to serve over the net X amount of times to get a good grade. I got none over the net. I'm short and years of being jumped in front of in volleyball just kinda takes the steam out of your sails. I still refuse to play volleyball for the most part.
A year or so again a friend of mine told me something I didn't realize. When you are training yourself to run don't go all out as fast as you can...pace yourself. Such a duh thing but its make such a difference. How I wish they had told us that in school. I've realized actually do like running...outside. I usually would start walking because I enjoy it but then I graduate to running because I have the itch to do more.
I looked at my phone app and I'm just about 2 months in. I feel good. I feel fitter, happier. I keep telling myself I'm not a quitter. I'm not going to quit this time. I will learn to deal with stress as it comes and not use it as an excuse to not exercise. Its a good feeling to have.