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First Run of 2014

I ran!  Yesterday, I was determined to hit the gym after Rob got home from work but I really, really wanted to go run.  Even though it was a mere 35 degrees outside, Rob agreed that it would be more fun that being in the weight room and we headed out.

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Our town bought an old “pit” and turned it into a nature reserve and park with lots of trails.  We ran here a few times over the summer too (before it was officially open).  We got there just as the sun was starting to set and had beautiful views.  The main trail loops around this “lake” (man-made) so you always have a pretty view.

As for the run, I have one description

Burning lungs of fire

Have you run in the cold?  It is so painful!  On top of the fact that I haven’t run in months, the cold air was like stabbing ice spears in my chest.  I was gasping for breathe from the start but I did my best to just keep moving.  I walked when I wanted, stopped for a picture or two, but mostly just kept trudging along.  And I did better than I thought I would!


Total distance was 1.65 miles (Dailymile rounds up so its not actually 2) in about 23 minutes.  For not running in months, I’ll take it!  Plus while this trail is the best South Jersey can offer (land of flatness), it still has some hills, logs, soft sand, etc. which is harder to run on than flat pavement.  I plan on continuing to run here and try to improve my time.  Eventually, I’ll add more laps too!

Today’s plan is to hit the weight room with Rob after her gets off of work.  I am thinking about doing Jamie Eason’s Livefit training plan from BodyBuilding.com.  I have heard good things and I like the variety in the plan.  It is 12 weeks long so we shall see!

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