July 18, 2011

Scratching an itch.

::from here::

Lately I've had an itch.

An itch to run.  To get outside and create a draft.  To make my own music out of the various rhythms of my breath, heart beat, and feet pounding.

But the heat here in Tallytown has kept my indoors.  I've moved all of my exercise inside: that's Zumba five days a week, plus pilates, plus yoga. 

But I miss running.  I miss jogging.  I miss being outside and for weeks I've been craving a run but thinking that the heat made it too dangerous, not to mention miserable.

Well, tonight I went to Zumba, came home and walked my dog, and felt like it was just cool enough to try one lap.  One small lap.  I was nervous: I hadn't jogged all summer, I knew I'd be slow, I knew it'd be challenging, I knew that I was pushing myself out of my comfort zone. 

It was great.  I only did a half-mile, it took 7.5 minutes- so slow but I started up hill.  Tomorrow I'd like to do a whole mile after pilates. 

I love running and I'm hoping that if I do little increments now that when fall comes I'll be ready to let some zumba classes go and transition to jogging workouts four to five miles, 2-3 times a week.

I feel great.


Erika Lee Sears said...

Do it- Ive had the itch for being healthier and bought a juicer- which I have never done juicing before :) its amazing how much energy one gets from veges.

Jennifer Sullivan said...

I'm glad you finally got out a did a little jogging. I've been feeling defeated by the heat, too, but it's raining right now... so maybe later tonight it will be cool enough to take a short jog!