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.