I am never one to complain about the heat or the humidty. I love love love love summer and never wish the warm days away because we never have a long enough summer in my opinion. That being said, last week was HOT – walk outside take your breath away sweating after walking 10 feet hot. That was also the week that I decided I was going to stop running on the treadmil and take to the roads for my training. Good timing ;)
I knew there was no chance in heck that I was going to lace up my sneakers after work and hit the pavement when it was that hot so I opted for the morning instead. Im used to getting up early so it wasnt that big of a deal. What was a big deal was doing my walking/jogging intervals at 5 am and the temp being above 20 with the humedex on the rise. Holy cow. The first morning I was out in it I was drenched by the second jogging interval and had downed my bottle of water before the half way point. (On a side note, guzzling water equals stomach craps equals lesson learned.) I was hoping that as the week went on that it wouldn’t be so hard, but I was wrong. I have always done my workouts indoors. I’ve never been to one of those fun looking bootcamps or ever jogged outside before last week so it was a bit of a rude awakening and a lot more challanging than I thought it was going to be. I did manage to get 3 morning walk/jogs in and then my usual fitness routine of classes at the gym and Yoga so that made me a happy girl.
My first week I walked 1 min and jogged 45 seconds and on week 2 (hot as heck week) I aimed for walking 1 min and jogging 1 min….somtimes I had a hard time making it to the one minute mark so I think that this week I am going to repeat the 1 min walk and 1 min jog until I can get through all my intervals properly.
There were a few times during the last couple of weeks that self doubt crept in and I wondered if it was such a good idea to sign up for the 5K. I went back and read all of the amazingly positive feedback from the post that I wrote about signing up and it really helped boost me. I love having the support and encouragement from my friends, family and fellow bloggers especially when starting something new (like jogging) and setting my sights on a new fitness goal. It helped me through the first two weeks and I know it is going to help me stay movitvated through the rest of this endevour as well.
I’m looking forward to getting out again this week and with lower temps for the week ahead hopefully I wont be such a hot mess 3 minutes into my walk/jog. Any suggestions on dealing with the heat while working out outside are greatly appreaciated!! Love having feed back from you all.