Yesterday I knew I had to get my run in. I had a few motivating factors. Of course there is the March 23'd run coming up on me. I also knew that my friend Sherry was doing the the same program that I am doing and I didn't want to fall behind her! The video that I posted yesterday was also a huge motivator! If he could do what he did, then I can overcome a little cold weather....a little discomfort! So out I went. It was getting dusky. It was cold. It was snowing all around me...swirling and making it beautiful. (the path was clear) The windchill was 15 degrees F...yes, I was outside running and walking in that kind of weather. It amazed even me. But while I was running I started thinking about this running thing and how I am handling it. I thought back to the turkey trot. I thought about how my first two runs had gone. It was startling discovery. My legs were not the reason that I struggled. I didn't struggle with running because my legs just couldn't move. I struggled for a totally different reason.
I struggle with running because my breathing gets harsh and choppy. I felt as if my chest were going to explode during the Turkey Trot. My breathing was a mess and that breathing caused me to falter in my mission. It wasn't a lack of energy. It wasn't a feeling of dead weight in my legs. It was my breathing, through and through. It was almost as if I started running and my mind realized it and I panicked and started to hyperventilate. So yesterday, I focused on my breathing. Deep breathe in for 3-4 steps, then breathe out for 3-4 steps. It worked! I regulated my breathing and the time went by without my feeling like my chest was in dire straights. As soon as I stopped my focus though, the choppy panicked breathing came back. Focus focus focus. I know that if I focus on my breathing that what I am REALLY doing is training myself how to breathe while I run. I can do this!
Meanwhile, I will be signing up for the Keller Williams 5K which is on March 23rd of this year!!!!! (I'll be running for the north side...I like that course best..... in case you are nearby and want to join in the fun!)
This morning I hooked up with my partner in
Took a sneaky little peak at the scales. If I can hold it together today....I'll be OK for my official weigh in tomorrow...even with that pop of weight yesterday. :-)