Lessons Learned from the Open Road

When I exercise, I usually walk on the treadmill at the gym for about 3 miles.  This morning, I had the opportunity to walk outside on the open road.  I wanted to walk outside because I wanted to get a realistic view of what I will experience when I run my first 5K race.  I have never been a runner, but one of my fitness goals is to run my first 5K race during the Spring of 2013.  As a part of my preparation (not training.  I won’t use “training” until I actually start running.) I walk on the treadmill 4 times per week.  At this stage, I am preparing to run.  This morning, I experienced a much different workout than I usually experience in the confines of Planet Fitness.  I learned several important things from this session.  I learned that I need to do more walking outside.  I learned that I need to do more walking on hills. The green points on the map reflect the bottom of the hill.  As you can see, it was a struggle to climb.  The 3% incline on the treadmill is no match for asphalt.  As I walked for the 3.53 miles, I learned that I needed to reconsider some of the plans that I made for my 5K race.

1. Outfit.  I know that I have yet to register for the 5K race, but in my mind, I had selected the perfect outfit to wear on that historic day.  And it was going to be pink and black and cute!  I can’t wear the Black Girls RUN! t-shirt that I was planning to wear.  I wore black shorts this morning and my legs were on fire.  A few weeks ago, my husband and I discussed me getting a hat with a mesh top.  Not only will the hat need a mesh top, the hat also needs to have a brim like a baseball cap.  It was barely 10:00 a.m. and I was squinting from the sun.  No bueno.  I have a catalog from Athleta and I marked some of the pages of my favorite pieces that I wanted to wear for the 5K.  I need to go back to the catalog for new ideas.

2. Headphones.  I use my iPhone while walking so that I can have access to the Nike+ GPS app and my music.  Currently, I use the white earbuds that come standard with the device.  When I start sweating, they slip out of my ears.  When I start adjusting them, my walking speed decreases because I am distracted.  This is not a new lesson, but the issue was more pronounced today.  I cannot afford to become distracted while maneuvering in traffic.  I am searching for the wrap-around-the-ear style earbuds for my running sessions.  Right now, my heart is set on a pair of Sennheiser earbuds that have a remote and microphone.  Ooooh.  Aaaah.  I’m waiting for a sale.

3. Water Bottle and Carrier.  This morning I carried a plastic bottle of Gatorade in my hand.  By the end of my walk, the Gatorade was warm.  Yuck!  I am going to have to do some research on this one.  If you have any suggestions, feel free to share them.  I welcome any assistance that will help me reach my fitness goals.  Stay encouraged.

2 thoughts on “Lessons Learned from the Open Road

  1. Michelle Ross says:

    Dearest Crystal!

    I TOTALLY understand your awakening to the lessons on the open rode.

    For clothing, I would suggest anything made with the dry fit or dry weave material. Also the nice cushioned runner socks are an added BONUS for your feet! It’s like walking on clouds inside of your sneakers. Ahh!!!

    I absolutely love the wrap around earphones.

    As for water, I would suggest the running belt that holds either 3-4 little bottles that come with the belt. They have them in Walmart. Your hands are free to do whatever is needed while you run.

    Continued blessing on this AMAZING journey!!!

  2. My Faith and Fitness says:

    Michelle, thank you for your suggestions. I do have some clothing items made of the moisture wicking fabric. It’s a wonderful invention. I will definitely buy some cushioned socks soon. Thank you for your encouragement and continued prayers. Be blessed.

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