This is just how it goes for me, I guess. Takes two tries, but I get it. 20 minutes!
I was going to run this morning, and I thought ‘no, it might be like last time, wait until the evening, I have more energy then.’ Of course, the weekend of recovery probably helped too. Anyway… it was surprisingly not terrible. Didn’t feel too slow or draggy, legs felt good, kept up a nice steady pace. The first 5 minutes was kind of tough, got to 10 and I was really feeling it, then I hit 13 and said ‘hey 13 already?’ and then 16 rolled around and I said ‘well I can’t quit now can I’ and then it was 20.
After I’ve been running for a while, I get this tingly feeling in my head. It’s not bad, it’s just, well, tingly. I hope I’m not hyperventilating! Maybe I should focus on my breathing more.
Ran by quite a few people today out with their dogs, walking, or running. This one guy kept looking back quizzically at at me as I approached him from behind, but then he made a little cheer-y gesture at me when I ran past. That made me smile.
There is one thing just driving me nuts. I keep wondering how many calories 20 minutes of running burns. Like that’s the important thing, right? Never mind that I can athletically push myself to do things I have never in my life done before– how many calories is it? Thank you, dieting brain. Thank you for reducing this accomplishment to a number that can be translated into either cookies or fractions of pounds. gtfo please.