Saturday, 1 September 2012

10km challenge - Day 3

12 week 10km challenge:
WEEK 1:
Day 3:           Walk 5 minutes to warm up. Jog for 3 minutes. Walk for 5 minutes. 
                     Repeat this 3 times. 5 minute walk to finish.
 
Happy Spring Day!   I woke up this morning to a sunny Cape Town – a welcome relief from the rain we’ve been having – and decided to start September off with a bang and complete day 3 of my 10km challenge.   Knowing that this morning’s exercise would involve a total of 30minutes walking and 12mins of jogging, I was a bit apprehensive, but decided that it was absolutely necessary if I want to burn off last night’s cocktails!

Since I am cardio-impaired, I really struggle with running in public and am super embarrassed to be seen huffing and puffing after only a few minutes of mild jogging.   In an attempt to avoid this humiliation, I am always on the lookout for the most secluded (and relatively flat) parts of Vredehoek where I can pant in peace.   Today I headed off in a new direction and was soon rewarded with a rare patch of nature that one would never expect to find in the middle of the city.   A beautiful natural stream gushing over smooth stones and surrounded by green foliage made me stop and soak up the wonder that is our world.   Yay for mother earth, and yay for being able to enjoy her gifts.

Naturally I, being the Eastern Cape girl that I am, decided to partake in a bit of bundu bashing – surely that counts as extreme walking, right?   And lo and behold, on the other side of the stream and up a steep slope, I discovered a relatively flat and perfectly secluded sports field just for me!   I know I won’t be able to use this oasis during the week because it will undoubtedly be swarming with pre-pubescent boys in rugby shorts, but I took full advantage today and ran in complete privacy.   It really helped that a lap and a half of the field amounted to my 3minutes jogging time, so I found it a lot easier to stay focused knowing that I had a set goal in sight.   I never thought that a school sports field would bring me such joy! 

All in all, I found today a pretty challenging but immensely rewarding workout.   I returned home hot and sweaty and red in the face (I call it my sexy just-been-exercising look), but really pleased with myself and my progress.   Big tick to day 3!