Finished Run, time 58:21, 5.05 miles, average 11:33, 738 calories, 923 feet elevation.
I started out on the idea of just go as far as you can and don't push yourself. When I say push yourself, I mean don't do intervals. Just run at your usual pace and go until your body tells you your done.
Prior to going for my run today, I wasn't feeling all that good. I considered not running. I have been under a lot of pressure at work recently and we all know what that can do to a person's stress level. Then I said to myself, the worst thing you can do for your health is NOT run.
|My blood sugar after lunch before run|
We are raised to think its best to “rest” when one isn't feeling all that up to par or when we are just tired. Well, I have to ask you, when was the last time sitting and doing nothing made you feel any better?? Sometimes yes, it feels great, but to be honest I can handle only so much of it.
I am a new runner as most of you know, and I have to say there's nothing like the after run affects!
Today I didn't feel like I could go all that far, but once again my body surprised me. I ended up back in my old neighborhood when I was a child growing up. It was so neat! I use to dream of running down the street from my friend, Angie's house to my old house with no pain. I never in my wildest dreams would think I could run from my current house to Angie's and down to my old one and back!!!
The hills were the steepest yet for me. I didn't think I would make it back up the monster Marshall Road. I had a nice surprise though, my husband showed up in his truck after his cycling today. He found me and got out on his bike and rode next to me for a bit. He was cheering me on and giving me all kinds of compliments. Gotta love that!
So, as we went back to where he left his truck the hill was on its way. When I turned the corner I couldn't see the road as it turned upward. I started to really have doubts, but why? I had already gone 3 miles and I am running my same pace each mile!
As I started to climb, I felt pretty good other than my heart coming out of my chest. My Polar FT7 watch beeped at me telling me I've past my highest beats per minute. I slowed down to a walk for a few seconds. Once my heart rate went back down, I started up again.
I felt rather good at this point. The worst about running is the traffic and having to stop at intersections because that throws you completely off your rhythm.
Once I past the stop lights I was back in my neck of the woods. I started feeling the strain in my knees, achilles and quads. I slowed it down, but kept going.
I made it home under an hour and ran 5.03 miles! I was thrilled with my time, my performance and the mileage.
The funny thing is, it was 53 degrees when I started out. I had taken off my long sleeve shirt and gave it to my husband to take home. I was boiling!
Look at the sweat coming off me and it isn't even summer yet. Oh boy!
I hope I can inspire you to exercise to take up some form of cardio if you haven't already because as I sit here I feel completely awesome! No stress, no feeling blah, no sick feeling, no tiredness, not hungry, a sense of worth and huge accomplishment a great aura and best of all my blood sugar is normal.
|My blood sugar after my run|
Life is what we make of it, don't let it pass you up. Remember if you don't use it, you will lose it and the older we get the harder life will become for us physically.
What are you doing for yourself to prepare for your future health?
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