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Laps and Push Ups

I love running in the morning.  It just seems like the right way to start the day, accomplished and with a clear mind.

The Run
15 laps, 50 push-ups, 378 calories
or about 3.75 miles

The Picture


The Recap

I had already hit the snooze 3 times and I was telling myself, Remember you want to run.  You Want to run.  Honestly, I don’t even remember the first two times the alarm went off.  I just hit snooze.  It was automatic.  So by the third ring of the alarm, I was trying to remember why I was getting up so early.  At 6:00 in the morning, my Type-A-can-do-go-get-’em personality is buried under a thick sleepy fog.  So like a beam of light barely visible through my stupor came the thought, You want to run.  Oh, right I was going to run.  I had even laid my clothes out the night before.  Ok I’ll get up when the alarm goes off again.  So I stole 3 more minutes in perfect comfort before getting up and prepping for my run.

I really did want to run this morning.  All week things have gotten in the way of running: heat advisories, nausea from a new medication, farm work.  I ran twice on Monday in two 20 minute sessions, once in the morning and then once at night.  It was so hot that day, but I think total I got in about 4 miles.  On Wednesday evening, I had walked out the door to run, but I had stopped on the deck to take a couple pictures of the kitty.  While I was taking pictures, my daughter came out to tell me she had thrown up.  Obviously, I abandoned that run.  So by Thursday night, I was crazy from not running which is why I laid out my clothes and set the alarm.  I was determined to go.


Ever since I lost my iphone, I’ve been without a means to track my mileage.  This is really annoying, but not a deal breaker.  I ran for years without a GPS watch, only guestimating mileage.  This morning I was running my ~0.25 mile loop in front of my house.  My husband is out of town so this is as good as it gets.  A run is a run though.  And when I want to grumble about not being able to go further, I usually ask myself well, how bad do you want to run?  The answer is always, bad enough to run loops in front of my house.

Even so, I like to mix it up a little bit.  I don’t like running for time because I always lose track of counting my laps.  So this morning I decided to Run 3 laps then do 10 push-ups, laps, push-ups, laps, push-ups.  Three laps are easy to keep track of and the push-ups added just a little extra.  And then on a whim I decided to wear my heart rate monitor too – mostly because I saw the strap this morning when I was looking for something else.

I will definitely do this workout again.  It didn’t occur to me until later to keep track of my lap times so next time I’ll probably try to do negative or consistent splits for the 3 laps.  And I might add in an ab exercise along with the push-ups.  I felt like my heart rate dropped so much during the push-up times.  Most times when I stopped running my heart rate was about 166 then by the time I finished push-ups it would already be down to 115 or so.  Anyway, it was fun to watch my heart rate and it changed up my normal run.

When I walked in the door, my daughter was still asleep.  Perfect.  I always leave her a note so she knows where to find me, but I always worry.  Actually, I popped in the house after the second set of push-ups to check and she was just stirring, so I was surprised she wasn’t up, but she had obviously fallen back asleep.  So nice for this semi-single-Mom, because nothing is more relaxing than a morning run before the household is awake.  It always sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s true.


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