Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Cool Weather's Back, So Hit the Track




The first "kind of" cool day returned and immediately, the thought of walking along the track came to mind.

Yeah, that's right. The thought came to mind with the words "Cool weather's back?  Hit the track, Jack."

Know where I was when this thought popped up?  Laying down on the couch in my comfy living room.

It was a resident teenager who said, "Come on, let's go to the track. Now."

"The track?" I asked in a barely audible voice.  I really wanted to ask, "Why?" 

The teen persisted.

      "Okay, okay," I reluctantly agreed. "I'll go get my walking shoes on."  Speedy Gonzalez I was not. Maybe the teen would change her mind if I stalled. Didn't work. 

Once at the track,  walking felt good.  Now here's a little game I played before hot weather came and I quit going to the track.

 At a certain point on the track,  where the number 3000 can be seen, my walking turned into jogging for a very short distance (probably less than one tenth of a mile). This was an effort to help with burning more calories and, therefore, losing weight.

So the first night back at the track, upon reaching  that dreadful number---3000---,  I began to jog with as much enthusiasm as a crippled hippopotamus jogging to the water.

     "Ohmygosh,"  I gasped as my body jogged. "This is hard."   My gaze was on the spot where the jogging was supposed to end.   My eyes felt like they were going to pop out of their sockets.  My lungs were on fire. It was hard to take a single breath.
    "Out of shape?"  came the thought crashing into my brain. "Ya think?"

Gasping for breath, I told one of my sisters  who was jogging with us that if I keeled over and died, please put these words on my tombstone:

    "Died trying (to lose weight)." 

      Four times around the track later, I hobbled to the car, sweat pouring down my forehead, neck, and chest.


Maybe hot weather is going to return and jogging will have to come to a halt again.  Oh, it's September 6 already?  We're heading into cool autumn?  Hmmmm.  Okay, for the next few months, my mantra will be, "Rubbery track, here I come!"

DO YOU WALK ON A TRACK WHERE YOU LIVE?

8 comments:

Karen Lange said...

Good for you! It does take perseverance to keep going, doesn't it? I am hoping to get out and walk more with cooler temps too.
Blessings,
Karen

middle child said...

Hang in there girlfriend! There's always Indian Summer.

Dayle said...

We wait patiently for those cooler days. As for all that running/exercising to lose weight, I'm proof you don't need to lift a finger; only eat right. I lost 18 pounds in 9 weeks by following a very healthy diet... no exercising allowed. ;)

Linda O'Connell said...

Susan,
I'm gasping just reading about it. I couldn't run if I were being chased. If my knees didn't give out first, my ticker would. Today I go back to school, and exercise is part of the job description: chasing little kids.

Claus said...

The first times are always the most difficult...one you are "on track", it comes easy. I heard the other day that for things to become a custom, one needs to do it 21 times in a row at the same exact hour. Then, it comes really easy. I tried that with reading at lunch time at work, and it worked!! Now I HAVE to have my book to do a little reading and keep my mind away from the chaos that sometimes is the office life. Maybe it could help you with track/jog/walk?
I had to laugh, though, at your humor towards the whole experience :-) You're so funny!! :-))
Don't give up!
have a wonderful day.

Chatty Crone said...

Okay - you are a winner just going out.

And to answer your question - NO!

sandie

Susan said...

Thanks for your visits and comments, girls. You are so sweet to stop by during your busy days. Take care and have a super Wednesday. Love, Susan

diane stetson said...

I just did a three mile walk myself tonight and was sweating profusely at the end of it. I'm going to try and do this at least THREE times a week so wish me luck and I will wish you the same at the track. xo

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