Running on the track this morning was so much fun! I wasn't really sure what to expect. There were about 6 other people there, but they were walking (and the outer two lanes are dedicated to walkers, the inner lane for runners). The track is 1/12th of a mile, so you have to run around it three times to equal 1/4 mile.
I spent the first half-mile calibrating the Garmin foot pod. And I was right--it was off when I used it on the treadmill. But once I calibrated it, it was right on target (I was counting my laps to be sure).
After that initial half-mile, I started my intervals. I set the Garmin to 1/4 mile intervals, so I would be running 3 laps fast, then 3 laps slow (5 times, which would be 2.5 miles). Because the track was small, I felt like I was flying around it. I was lapping the walkers constantly. I had no idea what my pace was, because I vowed not to look at the Garmin until I was done.
I was shocked when I finished and looked at my splits:
When I uploaded my workout info, I noticed that now that I wore the foot pod, it showed my "running cadence". I had to read up on this and educate myself a little. Running cadence is basically your foot turnover rate--how many strides per minute. And according to what I've read, mine needs some serious improvement.
Having a high running cadence makes you a faster runner. When you want to run faster, you should work on faster steps rather than longer strides. My cadence today:
I've never been a "gym person". Today was actually the first day I used our rec center membership and we've had it almost a year ;) Jerry wanted the membership, and it was only $100/family for an entire year (much cheaper than the average gym). Running on the track was fun and I definitely want to do that again.
I'm now over the hump and more than halfway through the Real Foods Challenge. It's getting easier in some ways, and harder in others. Easier because I don't have horrible cravings for sugar, but harder because I feel SO limited in my food choices. I know that it's my fault--I need to branch out and eat different things. I'm just so used to eating the things that I really want, things that really sound good to me. There are snacks that I consider "okay" and I enjoy them, but I certainly don't look forward to them--like fruit, or cheese, or hummus.
I actually think that this is one of the reasons I was successful losing weight. I didn't eat things that didn't excite me. Sure, I like hummus, but I don't LOVE it--so I didn't really eat it. By choosing foods that I really loved and looked forward to eating (like a piece of Ezekiel toast with peanut butter), I always felt so satisfied. I made every calorie count ;)
I'm really NOT a picky eater, I promise! I will try anything over and over and over again until I finally like it. Take yogurt, for example. I've tried yogurt 1,000 different ways and I still hate it. But I'm always willing to keep trying.
I tried counting calories today, but only lasted until about 2:30 pm when I felt like I was going to starve to death. Maybe just mental? I didn't go overboard though. I forgot how much work it was to weigh everything out! My food log:
Breakfast--overnight cinnamon raisins oats (not great, so I won't bother posting the details)
Lunch--salad with chicken, balsamic vinaigrette, and feta
Dinner--"grown-up hamburger helper mac and cheese" --a "real" food recipe! This was good.
Snacks--one date-nut ball, chai latte, popcorn, apple, 2 dates