Here's my pathetic attempt to make up for missing my first installment of "Food & Fitness Friday." I guess the point of this segment is to talk about my progress and discoveries as far as health and exercise goes, so that's where I'll start!
This past week I surprised myself: I discovered I can now run for 10 minutes without stopping to walk. I know that this is not an amazing feat of athleticism, but for me, it's huge! It was difficult for me to run just 3 minutes when I first started a little over a month ago. Now that I've more than tripled my running time, I feel confident that I can keep improving my time and distance until I can proudly call myself a "runner!"
Another big milestone for me was running outside in the real world, and not in Planet Fitness on a treadmill. :) There are definitely pros and cons to running on a treadmill.
Gym Treadmill Pros:
- It's easy to keep a consistent pace
- There is no wind/weather to contend with
- There are no unforeseen obstacles
Gym Treadmill Cons:
- It's monotonous
- I literally feel like a hamster in a wheel
- Sometimes another person will pick the treadmill right next to me
- Sometimes that person will run faster than me
- Sometimes that person will smell weird
I'm used to running on the treadmill now. I used to get SUPER bored and had to watch YouTube videos for entertainment, but now I just put on a Spotify playlist and play games in my head to stay interested and pushing forward, like "I can keep running til the song ends."
But running outside is so wonderful on a nice day! The fresh air, sunshine, changing leaves, and birds chirping makes it such a natural experience. Sadly, as much as I try to simulate running outdoors by adjusting the treadmill incline to 1.5 or 2.0, it's still more tiring, and it's so hard to find the right pace and stay consistent.
I did alright, though. I was able to do exactly what I've been doing on the treadmill, so I was happy with that. I'll be running a 5k on the very same road, so it's good to get a feel for it now.
Here's a song by my favorite band that kind of goes along with this post!