At 7am this morning I took to the streets for my (first!) 4 mile training walk. Along the way I learned a few things:
* Three kinds of people are out at 7am on a Saturday morning...
1) Serious exercisers, ie: cyclists (wearing their team logo/sponsor tighties) and runners
2) the wandering elderly
* I can drink from a water bottle and walk at the same time
* A "you can do it" really helps when you are looking at your last mile... and it's all up-hill
* It's tough to get proper nutrition before an early morning walk.
* Hydrating the night before really helps (I made it the whole way without having to use the restroom - and I drank all during my walk)
* I'm going to need some company when the walks get longer. Too much time alone inside my head makes me nervous
* My 3 mile/hr pace is too slow and it's tough to remember to make a conscious effort to increase my speed.
After a shower and some breakfast I was off to my canning fundraiser in front of Walmart. I'm happy with how it turned out, but I think it could have been better.
More on that another time, though.
So now I'm home, after many hours outside. I'm pooped! Hydrating is #1 on my list right now. After the walk and the heat I really need it. Plus, tomorrow morning for my 3 miler I am going to be participating in a 5K with my Mom =) I am seriously afraid she is going to leave me in the dust. Wish me luck!