I was feeling down about my bad week, and on top of that I was feeling sick. I felt that the worst part of my cold was over and I wanted to go out and exercise but I worried that I was too sick. My son had baseball practice at a high school with a nice track so it would be the perfect opportunity. But questions were spinning in my head - Would it make me sicker? Is my cold just an excuse? What about the 5k this weekend?
Ok, so I decided to just go and see what happened, and guess what? I was FINE!!!
I covered 5 whole miles - powerwalking and running mixed, and here were my times (rounded to the 5 second):
Mile 1 - 12:35
Mile 2 - 12:20
Mile 3 - mostly walked and don't have a time because I pushed the wrong buttons on my watch and got all mixed up - probably 14 or 15 minutes
Mile 4 - 11:45! This was the easiest for me - maybe exercising longer is the key for me - I find this so interesting that running this mile was easier than the first two - I only powerwalked a small portion of it.
Mile 5 - I didn't time this one because I intended it to be a 'cool down' walk, but I felt so good I decided to run the last lap and felt like I could have continued. Who knew?
I took water breaks between miles and wished I would have brought a notepad to record my times or even laps - it is easy to lose track when you are going in circles. I would switch direction on the track for each mile so I would only have to count 4 laps!
I woke up all congested again this morning, but it didn't bother me at all when I was on the track last night. I was really proud of myself for getting out there and just doing it. I couldn't help but step on the scale this am and it was so nice to see 132 looking back at me. I'm not recording the loss yet because I am only going to do so weekly, so I sure hope I keep those pounds off!