Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Walking, Running and Weight Loss
The other day hubby and I took the dogs out for a walk. When I saw walk, we don't stroll along as we have to keep up with the dogs. As we were finishing up, I realized I was working up a sweat. It was a better workout than my recumbent exercise bike. I felt different muscles working including more of a stretch in the groin due to longer strides. I wondered why I don't use walking as my cross training more often. It is easy on the joints, works muscles differently than running and I still get my heart rate up a bit. Silly that something we do regularly is overlooked as a way to recover from hard workouts and maintain fitness.
On the other side is my true love--running. It has been strange to run just to run. Heading out the door without a clear plan feels weird, but wonderful. I always give hubby a general range so he has an idea when I will be back. In the past, it was always I am running this far at about this pace and will be on this route. Running for fun becomes I am running about 4-6 miles without knowing which direction or how fast or slow until I get moving. I get started and run what I feel. Some days it turns into more of a tempo pace other times a fartlek and others just slow and easy. Sometimes I start looking toward future races, but I am not ready to change the joy I am having just yet. There are not many things that I do just for the fun of it and I think I will hang onto that feeling for a while!
And, last, but not least, weight loss. I am back to the weight I was for the Portland marathon last year, but was already up a bit then. So, I continue to be very careful about what I eat. My clothes are fitting better. I feel better. Yes, I am tired for no sugar at all. Yes, I am so hungry sometimes. Yet I keep reminding myself that hunger is never an emergency. Each time I refuse to break, I strengthen my resistence muscles!