You know, I’m always careful to add some elevation when I run on the treadmill, so that I have to push off, not just move my legs forward, but still… when you actually run in the big blue room, it is just so much more exhausting…

But that is neither here nor there.  You see, since my membership at the new gym (the CCRB for those on campus) still hasn’t been approved in the system and because a few days without gym access was starting to make me feel like a bag of potatoes, I opted to do something I haven’t had time to do in a while… I walked to work…

…and it was glorious!!!

…well… glorious aside from all the hard running.  Here, let me show you:

heart chart

I mostly ran intervals with the exception of the very well-traveled section on Packard where I let my inner voice convince me not to run because people were watching.  This is officially a bad attitude, but I was quite pooped at that point, so I really didn’t mind! 😉

Regardless, I’ve been feeling so rushed in… well… every aspect of my life, lately, that it was nice to get out on the road and just breathe the fresh air, listen to some music and… disconnect for a bit.  I could feel the stress just drain out during that first mile.

As it happened, the running allowed me to shave about 20 minutes off of my usual walk time, so that was nice.  When I finally get good at this running thing, I hope to do it in about 45 minutes total, but that’s a long ways off yet.

On the plus side, since I was outdoors, the Garmin will actually give me a calorie figure since it can see me move.  It claims I burned 1080 calories, but as always, I’ll take that with a grain of salt… or maybe a grain of mustard, the mediterranean diet really frowns on added salt!

Food Intake:

  • Breakfast – Half slice Whole Wheat Naan with Sun-dried tomato bruschetta and a bit of feta
  • Lunch – celery, carrots and hummus
  • Dinner – 1 bratwurst (Brit requested them), roasted potatoes, cucumber and tomato salad with pico de guaco

Full disclosure:  I fully intend to eat a naval orange later!

The met fit program really frowned on counting calories.  I think it gets away with it because the primary portion of the diet is vegetative in nature.  For the moment, I enjoy the freedom, but I may start adding the calorie count back in at a later time as the diet requires.

For now, I have two freshly built wheels to install on my touring bike.  I feel like a good pedal to work in the morning…