Two of my New Year’s resolutions were to exercise regularly and run outside. The problem is that I can’t go to the gym early. Waking up, I am exited to work out. At the end of the day, not so much.
So I wasn’t exited at all to go to the gym late. But I was really exited to run outside. And it is winter. And warm weather is far away. And I couldn’t wait.
So Wednesday I was downtown. And a running jacket (and a little more) later, I was outside, early on Thursday morning, running.
Wearing a wicking long sleeve shirt, a running jacket, ear band, gloves and tights, I went outside and ran, at -15°C.
I know, not the best idea for a new runner to begin in cold weather. It is what happens when I am too excited to wait.
It was hard. 20 minutes of running/walking intervals later, I came home with frozen lungs. And, most importantly, happy.
The air was cold, I had to take many walking breaks, I was out of breath a couple times.
I felt free.
Exercise has always been my moment. It is my way of meditating. No one can bother me, I can think of anything. I don’t think about my problems when I’m working out. And being outside, I just felt happy. I can’t even explain it. I just was.
And this is how I learned that I love running. Even at -15°C (5°F).
And this is how I made one of my resolutions happen. As for exercising regularly, I am going at it slowly. I’ll increase my amount of exercise every week.
And I officially subscribed to a yoga class today (a third resolution!). My first class is in two weeks and I can’t wait ;-).