Monday, March 31, 2014

Going for a run

I ran outside for the first time ever today. That is, just running and not running for tennis or ultimate frisbee or the like. I've never been a runner - always hated it, thought I wasn't good at it, was almost a bit scared of it. Asthma has always hindered me a bit, but I've decided that can't hold me back anymore and have researched ways to make running easier with asthma. I may never be a marathoner, but I want to prove to myself that I can, in fact, run.

So today it was glorious outside. It got into the 50s and was amazingly sunny. The warmest it's been in a long time and the snow is almost entirely gone. I had to get outside and I decided I'd put my treadmill interval runs into practice. The Brown Deer trail connects to the Ozaukee Trail fairly close to my place, and for a couple of miles I did walk/run intervals. I was wore out by the time I got to my turn-around point and walked back (without a coat!), but when it did run there were glorious moments of the wind just blowing past and hitting the pavement. We'll see how it goes, but I'd like to work towards to being able to intervals both there and back at least.

I've been doing BodyPump primarily, with some Zumba and BodyFlow thrown in, at the local Y for the past few months and have loved it. I always have a renewed sense of confidence after each workout. Today though, it was just so nice to be outside. It's been a really, really long winter.

On the way back from my walk/run, I stopped by the Pick N Save, my least favorite but closest grocer, and found the coolest and oddest thing.

Lamb shaped butter exists. Apparently it's an Easter thing? It's even made by the Wagner family. I had to text my mom with this and now I'm tempted to bring it home for Easter.