Tuesday’s unintentional rest day/reward day meant that yesterday I had to run. Had to… It’s way too easy for me to say, “Eh, I don’t feel like running today, I’ll do it tomorrow.” It is too tempting to say that everyday until I totally forget that I like running even though it is hard sometimes.
Last night was super hard. First, I didn’t want to do it. I know this is because a) I went 2 days without running and already the habit of running starts to slide and b) it was so hot that potatoes in the garden are baking in the ground and you’d just need to add butter, salt, and and pepper to have a nice snack.
It was brutal, but we managed it. I’m really proud of us, because it would have been so easy to just throw our arms up and quit. I think yesterday was our last day of three 17-minute intervals and hopefully on Friday we will do 18-minute ones.
I write on a MacBook Pro and perhaps your computer does the same thing, but when I wake up my laptop from sleep mode the time when it went to sleep shows up for a split-second. This is not really interesting in and of itself, but I was using it before we ran, when my hubby turned to me and said, “You ready to run?” I closed my laptop and we got dressed and headed out.
I mention this because when we got back from the run, drank water, and high-fived each other on a tough, but successful run, I opened my laptop and the time of 8:37 pm flashed before it showed the current time of 11:32 pm. That means it took us 3 hours to get dressed and ready, walk to the park, run, sit and recover/drink 1 liter of water each, and walk home/collapse with a bowl of honeydew. If I had known that before I’d have said, “Honeydon’t run.”
Three hours seems like a really long time. I didn’t realize that our running program was so time-consuming. It really caught me off guard. I didn’t even shower in those 3 hours. It seems a little crazy that it takes us that long. I don’t know how we will ever be able to run before work as I had tentatively planned for winter when we will gladly welcome running in the sun since it cuts the coldness of the weather (I can not wait for winter, by the way. I’m done with running in Summer). I can’t wake up at 4:30 am 4 days a week. No way. I need my beauty sleep.
I’m really glad that yesterday I didn’t do that much walking prior to running. Since we are trying to lose some jelly bellies we walk a lot. We walk to the bus, we walk to the office, to the supermarket, to the park, everywhere. On most days I walk 2 hours a day or around 8 km, and that’s without running. With running it’s 3 hours. We are trying to incorporate more movement in our everyday life so that our habits change and we can keep up the weightloss even on days we don’t run.
Yesterday I only walked around 50 minutes, but with this brutally tiring run I felt like death would just be easier. If I had walked 2 hours as I normally do, I think I would have stopped halfway (if that!) through the run. Walking 2 hours can kill my legs and I think with the horrible weather conditions I will need to consciously back-off of walking on run days.
But, with that said, walking more has helped with losing weight and burning calories, especially on non-run days. Walking more was the first thing we did before we started running, and it was hard at first. However, now it’s not even something we think about.
How much do you walk everyday? Is it part of your exercise regime?