Fitbit Update: February

February was a hard month, but it taught me a lot.  That seems to be the way most of life works.  I began by going hard–way over the top.  The numbers mesmerized me once again and I got too caught up in them.  I was walking a lot, but I didn’t really feel like I was making much progress.  I didn’t feel as well as I did in the fall.  Then the snow came, along with a difficult emotional patch, and I slowed down–way down.

After about a week the weather, my humor, and my energy improved.  I began again by walking outside.  Immediately I began to feel my energy  and enthusiasm returning.  From this experience I have learned to combine treadmill work with power walking outside.  The hills in my neighborhood are challenging, and I think they build up different muscles and make me stronger.  By the end of the month I was able to run a mile and a half on the treadmill without stopping.  This was half a mile more than my goal.  I also finished in the top ten in my fitbit group in all three categories, so I am satisfied with those results as well.  Early in the month I was trying to stay in the top three.  This is not reasonable.  I averaged just a little over five miles a day and I broke in a new pair of shoes.

These days I am trying to alternate outside power walking with inside treadmill work, including running every other day and doing an endurance run once a week.  We’ll see how far I can get by the end of March.  I’m learning about stretching, pacing, controlling my breathing, and making the music on my iPod match my pace. I need to go ahead and sign up for the Runway Run by the end of the month.  Around the middle of February I was beginning to doubt that I could do it, but now I feel more hopeful.  I am also learning that a good run helps keep my emotions in check and my attitude positive.  Who knew?  Onward!

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4 Responses to Fitbit Update: February

  1. Congrats!!!! Way to work through it and grow in your training. I’m so happy for your success!

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  2. Cathy says:

    Hills are wonderful for building strength. Congrats on your accomplishment and insight to combining inside work along with outside. These are hard winter days. Spring is coming though and you can look back at your accomplishments with pride. 🙂

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