Posts Tagged ‘Running outside’

Okay, so none of that makes sense…UNLESS….you are an English teacher like myself OR you remember the analogies section from standardized tests.  But really, I think it’s an appropriate association…don’t you?  Good.  Glad we agree 🙂

Today is FRIDAY!!!!!  Which means…Five Things Friday.  Today, sticking with my theme of associations, I am doing a Five WORDS Friday…which will actually be more like 20 since there are four words in associations….

1.  Treadmill Running : Ugh :: Outside Running : YAY!

I have not been able to run outside much lately.  It’s been incredibly snowy up here in the Northeast…and it looks like we’re going to get even MORE snow next week.  woot.  Truth be told – I am okay with treadmill running but I really would like at least ONE run outside a week.  Temps say it is going to be close to 50 this weekend – HEAT WAVE!!!!  I’m on that like peanut butter’s on jelly…..(did I mention I really like peanut butter?)  Truth be told, I don’t mind running inside that much…if anything it lets me catch up on my Sportscenter…..

2.  Sweat Pants : My go-to clothing choice of late :: Yoga Pants : Not my go-to clothing choice of late

Whatever your comfy clothes preference is…lately, I have a three pair of sweat pants rotation – for when I am home, obviously not when I am teaching (although that would be amazing if I could wear them to school!).

3.  Swimming : My First Fitness Love :: Swimming : Something I always use as a fitness basis

While that analogy might not make sense…if you think about it…any one of us that has had a first love/relationship/etc…we ALWAYS remember that ONE.  Everyone always says, “You’ll never forget your first love” blah blah blah….right?  In my case, swimming was and always will be my first love and most important sport I’ve ever been involved with.

The reason I use Swimming as a fitness basis is because it is probably the ONLY sport where you are required to use EVERYTHING.  I mean, think about it….running, you primarily use your legs….biking, legs….soccer, legs…well you get the point.  I always try to explain to my swimmers how people who make fun of swimming are doing so because THEY DON’T GET IT.  They don’t understand how difficult it can be.  The true swimmers don’t see the difficulty….that’s what separates those who can and can not.  I always tell them, “if it were easy, everyone would do it”.

4.  Vegetarian : Veggies :: Pescatarian : Veggies + Fish

I am a vegetarian who dabbles in the pescatarian realm.  Truthfully, I love sushi….and all kinds of fish…so I eat it when I am out but that’s about it.  I won’t prepare it for a home cooked meal.  I know, I’m weird.  We all have our things.  I still laugh when people get worried or upset after I tell them my food choices.

Pretty much always

It’s nice that it’s more and more common these days for people to be Vegetarians as well as more restaurants accommodating those of us who choose to go without meat.  I tried to be a Vegan…for all of two weeks….I just couldn’t do it.  I workout WAY to much and would have to eat non-stop for me to go Vegan.  Plus….I like cheese…and eggs….and, well….I like them!

5.  Exercise : Fitness :: Diet : Healthiness

My fitness is determined by my exercise just as my healthiness is determined by my diet.  While they are all intertwined, I think it’s safe to say without a clear idea of what we want out of all of these, we aren’t going to get the results we hope for.  Goals are excellent ways to start our path to fitness and healthiness.  My goals this year involve more races and trying new experiences.  I am incredibly psyched for the Tough Mudder in April.  I am also excited for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler earlier that month!

And while I may pretty much be at a point where I am maintaining my fitness level, that doesn’t mean I can’t continue to work hard to feel better about myself.

Just remember, you have a choice….we all do.  If you don’t like the way things are….do something about it.  You’re worth it.

Have a great weekend!

Let me clarify – yesterday, in the Philadelphia and surround areas – it was hot and humid.  Actually, more humid than hot.  It was only about 70 degrees when my friend Mindy and I set out on our run yesterday morning.  But the humidity.  UGH.

See that sweat? Think like 10 times worse on me

I am a sweater….no ifs ands or buts about it….I am a hard core sweater (and no, not like the thing you put on in the winter).  SWEAT – ER: ie. sweaty person who doesn’t seem to have control over her perspiration!

Interesting facts about people who sweat a lot – you tend to be healthier and it’s usually because you drink a lot of water…among other things..true fax…..don’t believe me?  Check it out.

BUT, I digress…we started out on the same path as the week before.  No biggie.  I was the one pressed for time this week.  Unfortunately, within the first .6 of a mile, I realized I had TOO many clothes on.  And by that I mean I was wearing capri pants.  Totally thought I’d be fine.  In fact, I was cold in my apartment (of which I do not have AC) prior to our run.

My legs and pretty much all my muscles in my lower extremities were still sore from Sunday so I knew this run would either be awesome in the way that once your muscles get warmed up they feel great and you can run for hours OR I would feel like I was carrying dead weight/bricks/cinder blocks on my body.  Guess which one it was?!  I bet you know!!!!

It was a struggle to say the least.  I was still able to talk to Mindy during the run – which either tells you that I probably could’ve gone faster OR that I am fit enough to talk and run now (I’ll take the latter).  When we got to the last .5 miles (which is basically all up hill) I was just like – go…leave me….don’t even think of me….I am useless….

Minus all the hair….It’s a pretty good resemblance…

We did finish – averaging 8:59/mile – I DON’T KNOW HOW – and parted ways.  We only went 6.6 yesterday but I will chalk that up to the heat and exhaustion on both our parts.  Mindy just started Insanity (you know, that killer cardio workout from the guys who do P90X) so she was sore too.  We have plans to run again next week.  Here’s hoping it’ll be better this time.

Basically what it boils down to is I have to get used to running the hot weather again.  It’s going to be toasty this afternoon in these parts….nearly 88!…so I haven’t decided if it’s a treadmill run or if I’m going to brave the elements again.  We shall see…

So now I want to hear from you!  What is the worst run experience you’ve had?  Too hot?  Too cold?  Feeling like you’re going to die?  TELL ME 😀