Monday, November 11, 2013
Last week my mom took her running program out of doors. Let's check in and see how she's doing....
As many of you know, I did the Couch to 5K program in the comfort of my own home, on my treadmill. I talked about finally completing it here. My friend Linda over at Linda's Lens has been encouraging me to take it outside and I finally took her advice.
Let me just say this - running on a treadmill and running outside are 2 completely different things. First, when running on the treadmill I am parked in front of the television and I have my ear plugs attached to my I Pad music. I usually run at a zero - 1 incline, which basically means flat ground! Also, there is no terrain to stumble over and finally, no wind resistance.
Since we were recently at the lake house, I finally decided to try this outside running thing. I got up bright and early, got into my jogging clothes, threw a baseball cap on my head and walked down the block and back to warm up. Did I mention that I had to pick the coldest morning so far this fall to do this? It was a nice cold 30 degrees with a stiff wind blowing in from the lake. Brrr......
After my warm up walk, I started off at an easy trot and was dismayed to discover that the run up our block is at a pretty good incline and more difficult to run than I anticipated. I ran up the block and down the other end of the hill to the cross street, jogged about 2 more blocks and I felt like my lungs were going to blow out of my chest. Plus, the cold air felt horrible on the back of my throat. Crap on a cracker, 4 lousy blocks into my run and I was already slowed to a walk for about 300 feet. This was not going so good. I silently cursed Linda for her bright ideas, took a deep breath and pushed myself to start running again.
The area where our lake house sits is quite hilly, so I found myself not only running up and down the hills, but dodging gravel, pine cones, puddles of water and the occasional turtle. I ran through a neighboring campground, around a marina and then headed back towards the house. I'll admit that the last incline was rough and I again slowed to a walk for about 200 feet, before finishing off my run huffing and puffing.
After another walk up and down the block to cool down, I decided that I did better than I expected. I ended up running 1.75 miles in about 28 minutes. I apologized to Linda in my head for cursing at her earlier, and decided I was glad that she pushed me to try running outside. Thanks Linda!
In fact, the next day I laced up my sneakers and headed out for another run. The 2nd day was a little better because I knew what to expect, and it was about 20 degrees warmer, which I liked much better. I ran the exact same route, only had to slow to a walk once for about 100 feet and ended up doing the 1.75 miles in 21 minutes. I was really happy with that.
At the end of my run, I was greeted with this.....
Now when God gives you a reward like that, it just has to make you smile and vow to go out and do it all over again the next day, right?