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Off the treadmill, and finally outside!

Posted by walkinginthelight on Mar 2, 2010 7:25:16 PM

Today was glorious! It was a balmy 36 degrees here in Chicago, the sun was shining, and I decided I was not going to work out in my dark dreary basement today. I said "hasta la vista" to my treadmill and the same  four walls I had been staring at for the last few weeks,  and headed to the great out doors. Most of the sidewalks and bike paths in my neighborhood have not been shoveled yet, but at least the street were plowed, for the most part.  I sure wish I had seen Coach Jenny's  video about dressing approriately for cold weather l BEFORE I headed out. I was WAY OVERDRESSED! I had on a t-shirt, a thick hooded sweatshirt, my heavy winter ski coat, complete with winter hat and gloves. I was SO HOT after about 5 minutes, and had no where to toss the extra layers, so I just unzipped my jacket a little bit, and then stuffed my gloves in my pocket.

 

I brought a timer with me, so I could keep track of my training time. I decided I would try to incorporate a little bit of jogging to the training.  The program I tried was a 30 minute segment, which consisted of a 7 minute jog, a 3 minute walk, another 7 minute jog, and a 3 minute walk, and a final 7 minute jog and 3 minute walk. I was so excited that I was able to complete the program! So all together, its like I jogged for 21 minutes!!

After I got home, I took the car out, and re-traced my path to figure out my distance.  It was 2.3 miles! I logged into the active.com site to use the tools to calculate my pace. It said it was a 13 minute mile! I was so excited! Yes,  I realize this is a pretty slow pace,  but for me personally, it is an accomplishment. Just a few weeks ago, I was a coach pototato. Today I was actually jogging!  I felt so good afterwards. I was really proud of myself. And I am looking forward to tomorrow. I hope the sun will be shining again, hoping to be outside again. What a difference it makes to be outside ! The fresh air, the slight chill. Something about it just improved my whole mood. I just felt healthier!

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