I finally made time this Saturday, the 7th of March. After the career workshop at CSUSM. I used Google Maps to plot out a one-mile loop beginning and ending at my house and resolved to run it this afternoon.
I made it the full distance without stopping but it was intense. There is a substantial change in elevation on the loop that I mapped out. The final quarter mile of the route was all uphill and steeper than I was prepared for. My legs are fine but my heart and chest were very unhappy with me. I'm trying to test my body, but despite all the weight I've lost, I am still old and fat and need to know my limitations.
Key point: Definitely doing a 5K. When I turned 30, I set a goal to not die in my 30s; furthermore, not dying is one of the key factors of success in this 20% Project. Attempting to run anything longer than a 5K will make death a certainty.
1) I am going to need a playlist. I have to have music when I exercise; it keeps me from getting too far deep into my own mind. I had music on during my run today, but every song had a different BPM and it kept throwing me off pace. I need to find a 30 to 40 minute playlist of songs with a consistent BPM so I can keep running at a consistent pace for the duration of my runs.
2) I need sunglasses. It was really bright out there.
3) I need to run somewhere a little flatter for the next few weeks, and gradually add elevation changes into the mix.
4) I will need new shoes. My current shoes have served me well at the gym over the last two years, but they are not built for the stresses of running on asphalt and dirt.
1) Sometime this week I should get the car situation sorted out; then I will have time to work on a playlist.
2) I'll go and buy some sunglasses.
3) I'm going to try to get to my clinical practice site early enough to use the track once or twice this week. It's flat there, but it's also very cold in the mornings.
4) I will do further research on the three shoe types that I have pinned to my Pinterest 20% Project board and order a pair before the end of the week.
I did take some video before and after running, but I look disgusting (even moreso than usual) and there's no way I'm putting them online.