The only jewelry I wear when I do cardio is my nose ring and my wedding rings, but last week the warmer weather inspired me to go for a run, so I quickly threw on my running clothes and headed out the door. Just as I finished my warm-up, the strange whistling in my ear made me realize I forgot to take off my absolute favorite pair of earrings. There was no secure place to put them, so I just tucked the dangly parts underneath my hat. Problem solved.
Like I said, it was especially warm that day, so after a few minutes, I ended up having to pull off my hat and stick it in my pocket. I was doing my usual three-mile loop and just as I was coming up the hill toward home, I realized I had lost one earring. Without even thinking, I turned around and started running the loop backwards — I knew it must have dropped when I took my hat off. Sure enough, there it was sparkling on the ground, and I was beaming. I scooped it up and headed back home.
Using the Nike+ GPS app, I was tracking my run and realized this whole earring mishap resulted in a six-mile run, and my pace was 20 seconds faster than normal. Who knew a little earring could be such an awesome personal trainer? I was happy running my moderately-paced three miles, but this incident made me realize I was totally capable of running faster and longer. Since then, I've been pushing myself to run four miles instead. It's not a huge difference, but I definitely feel stronger, faster, and I'm actually enjoying the longer run. I'm definitely not recommending you lose one of you favorite personal possessions in the name of a good workout, but take this as a little whisper of inspiration to kick your running routine up a notch.
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