So you know how I'm trying to be all healthy, lose weight and get in better shape, right?
Besides following the Weight Watchers plan, exercise has been a key part of this lifestyle overhaul. At 44, my metabolism would much rather nap uninterrupted for months on end instead of lifting as much as a pinky to help a girl drop a few libbies.
Back in January, I picked up a new pair of running shoes (with never really having the intention of full-on running) and set a course for new fitness waters. Somewhere in those first few weeks I decided to bump the cardio up a bit by mixing in one minute of running for every four minutes of walking, all in the safety of my heavily wood-paneled basement, using my brand spankin' new Sole treadmill.
Yesterday, I ran 4.07 miles, outside, with a pace of 11 minutes, 7 seconds per mile.
Let me be very clear: I am not a natural runner. Not by a long shot. I haven't been athletic for years, and back when I was, figure skating was my thing. When I was 15. Need I remind you?
I'm 44, my knees hurt, I sleep like shit, my hormones are all over the dang place, and I've been known to indulge in my fair share of whining.
But right now, I am feeling the fitness love, and much of it is because of my discovery of Nike+iPod.
I've always needed music to exercise, and now I also get a lovely voice telling me how far I've gone, how far I have to go, and how fast I'm going. Sometimes, on particularly good runs, I even get sports celebs who come on at the end telling me what a great job I've done.
I'm not embarrassed to tell you this is highly motivating to me. Heck, I didn't even mind when Tiger Woods congratulated me one morning, though I was leery he would keep talking and ask me to have sex with him. But let's not get off track here…
Why am I so motivated by Nike+iPod? Well, it's just me, my body, a treadmill (or the open road) and a goal. No one is here pushing me. No one is making me do this. It's just me alone with Chuck D. and Flavor Flav rappin' in my ear as I close in on the 3 mile, or 4 mile mark. Fight the powers that be!
It is immensely satisfying to know that I can do this.
I use my iPod Touch for indoor running, and an iPod Nano for outdoors. I found the coolest iPod Touch mount from Joby, and I just clamp it onto the treadmill and go. (For my nano, I use this armband.) I place my Nike+ sensor into this small shoe pocket that fits through my laces. It works like a charm.
Right now, this is my new favorite mix to run to, including nice cool down songs at the end:
And that's that. I plug in my iPod, upload my data, and another run is completed.
I've currently logged over 59 miles since starting this new phase of my fitness journey on April 9. I am accountable only to me, however, posting my runs on Facebook doesn't hurt. It's a constant reminder of my public intention to continue this lifestyle direction.
Not bad for a slow, treadmill lovin', basement exercisin' former walker, huh?
And on that note, I would love to hear what some of your most inspiring workout songs are. What plays in your ear when you are getting your groove on, fitness or otherwise?
And next Monday, I'll report back officially with another edition of Tales from the Scale.