Tuesday, March 29, 2011

First Outdoor Run

I was feeling lazy today and recovering from my overnight shifts. I slept until noon and was feeling a bit down about something that happened at work. I watched some tv but didn't really feel like eating. Had a couple egg whites and that is all. I didn't want to fight traffic to get to the gym.

Then, I saw this on the weather website...

I finally felt like it was warm enough to take my workout outside. So, I strapped on the runners, put on a few layers and headed outside for a run!

Here is my route!

The purple is a warm up/cool down and the red is the running route. 

The whole route is 5K. But the running part is about 2.66 miles or 4.26K. The running route took me about 38 minutes. However, I did not run the whole time. Running outside is much more difficult than on the treadmill. On the treadmill, I know how fast I can go. There are no hills on the treadmill (unless I want there to be hills). There is also no sheet on ice, puddles, or sinking mud in the gym.

I was also wearing too many accessories. I wore a hat (we call them toques in Canada), a scarf, and gloves. I ended up stashing them behind a fence about half way. Then picked them up on the way back. Much better!

It was nice to run outside. The weather was gorgeous and the route was nice- along the river, past an old church, through 2 historic sites. The breeze felt amazing on my skin and dodging ice sheets was like a game. Hop, dodge, skip, steady... run!

So, it was a difficult run. I probably walked 30% of it. The time is close to what I am doing on the treadmill, but I feel like I was going faster than I usually do inside. 

I haven't run for a week and it is crazy how quickly your stamina decreases. I think the next time I run the route, I will attempt to run the whole thing no matter how slow I have to go.


  1. Wow - what an achievement.....how very exciting to run outside...I can't even run inside yet
    Well done!

  2. Ain't no shame in the "go slow" game!
    When I first started, I could walk about 5 minutes.
    I had a bouncer (mini trampoline) and had to do it
    So, clearly it's about progress and improvement!
    Go for it!