I'm on a roll. Following the ten percent rule, I am now up to running for 22 minutes. Sometimes when I run I pretend I'm in a Hallmark movie*. I am a formerly injured runner, probably really famous and competitive, coming back from an injury. It is slow going, only being able to run for 22 minutes, but the camera follows me on the scenic and lonely path, wind blowing in my hair. I am pretty sure that "Chariots of Fire" or the theme song from "Rocky" is playing in the back ground. Or it could be "I Gotta Feelin'" by the Black Eyed Peas because that is one of the best songs ever. The movie ends when I probably come back to win some national title.
Here's me in all my dorkiness getting ready to run when it's 25 degrees outside. I don't know what this pose is. Ask my 12 year old who took the picture.
So, this is what I do to spice up those 22 minutes of heaven. I go to McIntosh Lake near my house, which is a 3.5 mile loop. It is an incredibly gorgeous and scenic route with the backdrop of the Rockies, pelicans and geese everywhere and water as still as glass.
I like this route because it is predominantly trail, so it is easy on the feet and legs. I fast walk for the first five minutes. And when I say fast, I mean like a 12 min/mile, which for walking is really pretty fast. Try it sometime. I look like some suburban housewife trying to get her groove on. At this point with my legs speeding along and my arms flailing I am hoping I don't see anyone I know. Then I start running and try to keep it right at a 9 min/mile. After my 22 minutes of bliss, I take it back down to the white woman power walk for the remainder of the loop. Garmin tells me that with walking/running and all I am averaging a 10.14 min/mile, so I feel like I am doing something.
I'm pretty sure they don't fast walk in Hallmark movies, but "toughsky shitsky" as my dad used to say (this is a Polish expression).
Did you know, however, that power walking is an Olympic event? It must not get much coverage, but here you go:
And get ready because next week I'm up to 25 minutes. I'm pretty sure someone like HBO will want to make a movie about that too.
Drinking: Starbucks Costa Rica Tarrazu coffee
*No I don't really pretend I'm in a movie. Give me a break. It's just for your entertainment.