It's Saturday, and I am duly grateful. And busy.
One of my friends is on a (medically directed) super-restrictive diet.
My bike ride today used up about 700 calores (according to the heart monitor, which isn't exact, but close enough for this). That's almost as many calories as my friend is allowed in a day. I don't know how my friend is going to do this; I'm vaguely worried, but since I know zilch about medical stuff, I'm hoping the medical folks know what they're doing.
I went "running" last week, and then measured the distance with my bike a day or two later. The "run" I measured was a half a mile out and back, and I also measured a little further. The first day, I "ran" some and walked some (in my new FiveFingers, so I was a little worried that I might get sore).
Yesterday, I ran the half mile out and a little more, then ran most of the way back (but not all). I think I have a little more confidence with my FiveFingers, rather than having improved my fitness substantially in a week of mostly not exercising.
Here's what gets me. I biked 18 miles this morning at just under 15mph, in a fair cross wind, and my legs and all were happy. It's just over an hour of pretty much constant pedaling. That might lead you to think I'm reasonably fit, and you'd think I could manage to run for 15 minutes straight, wouldn't you? Well, I haven't yet. But the half mile goal was a good one for yesterday.
Here's how backwards I am: most people burn a LOT more calories when they run for a given time than when they bike that same time. But I'm such a slow "runner" that I burn more calories on my bike in 15 minutes than I do "running" for 15 minutes. (At least according to my heart monitor, which again, probably isn't precisely accurate, but should have about the same inaccuracy for running and biking.)
I've made an executive decision that when I talk about "running" from now on, I'm going to call it "going outside to play."
I've never been good at running. In grade school, when we had to run a 50 yard dash for the president's fitness thing (does that still exist?), my friend and I were so slow together that the PE teacher made us do it again because she didn't believe anyone could be so slow.
But I've always been very good at "going outside to play." It's fun to go outside to play. There are adventures when you go outside to play. There are places to explore! And my FiveFingers seem to make things interesting and fun (it's very cool to feel the softness of the grass underfoot, for example, or to run where there's soft pine needle build up), so I'm thinking I'll have more success if I just "go outside to play."