I may have caught the running bug. Earlier this year I challenged myself to run a 5k. Using the “Couch to 5k” training program, I surprised myself and achieved my goal. I found running to be convenient and a good workout, but I would never have said that I enjoyed running… well, not until the other day.
While at the beach, I went to the exercise room to workout. It’s a tiny room with weight and cardio machines. I hopped on the elliptical and after a couple of minutes, I looked around the small room at the ugly walls and at the tortured expressions on the other people working out. I couldn’t take it. I hopped off, and I headed outside to the beach.
I decided I’d try my first ever beach run. I went down by the ocean to the hard sand and just started running. I had no headphones for music, instead I listened to the sounds of the ocean. I had no timer to keep track of time and I had no idea how far I was running. I kept in mind that I was going to have to turn around and get back, but I was running with a sense of reckless abandon (is that the right term?). I was pushing myself and sweating but it wasn’t torture – it felt good, even great.
Later that night as we were driving, I made Jeff see how far I had run. (When I turned around, I remembered what hotel I was at.) Turns out it was 1.5 miles so I ran 3 miles. (Best 5k I’ve ever run!) So now I just need to find a place around home that makes running that enjoyable.
Have you found some type of exercise that you enjoy like that?
… oh, I forgot to mention that we were driving back from having Tony Luke’s cheesesteaks for dinner – so good, and gelato for dessert – yum. Earned or sabotage… hmmm?