Sunday was gorgeous. It was so nice that I took my regular “exercise” walk outside instead of driving to the gym. I couldn’t resist the sunshine and the breeze. I learned something along the way.
I’m getting fitter.
Life-altering, huh? Well, maybe not for most, but for me, it was very inspiring. See, as I’ve said before, I have never been one to stick with any type of exercise program. I’ve been doing my best to take the stairs at work and to not miss a day of walking. My target has been to walk three days each week.
I’ve been doing all this at a gym, since I started in February. Yesterday was the first day I’d walked outside. I was a little nervous, because the gym floor is level; there are no hills. Truthfully, I was concerned that I’d get very winded on the little hills in my neighborhood.
I didn’t. Yes, I breathed a little harder, but not so much that I had to slow down my pace. I kept walking with the beat of my music, which was 40-minutes long and designed for walking. I also realized that I’m walking at least twice the distance that I’ve ever walked before in our neighborhood.
I’m doing so well that I think I can kick it up a notch. Next week I’ll start the Couch to 5K (http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml ) training program. We’ll see how it goes. I’m excited about the thought of actually completing a 5K. Who am I kidding? I’m excited about the thought of being able to run for one mile!
I’ll keep you posted.
Is anyone a runner? I could use some tips….