Monday, November 11, 2013

Running Outside

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?