I did it. I finally got the courage to run outside for the first time. It took me some time in the morning to build myself up but I did it. I so don’t look like a runner, yes I was wearing my exercise pants, but just a regular hoodie and my normal sunglasses. Putting the ipod in helped me drown out the world and the boost I needed to actually do it.
I walked for a few blocks at first – partly to warm up and partly to psych myself up. Then I started. I started fast. Too fast. I was out of breath by half a kilometre. So I slowed down a bit, but not enough. The glorious thing about a treadmill is that it can keep you on pace. I need to learn to pace myself.
Here’s a photo (from Google Street View) of where I started my run near my place. It’s a nice residential city area. The terrain was pretty flat.
It was interesting – all the stuff you have to think about when running outside made it go by a lot faster. Running around kids, stop lights, sunny-side vs. shadow. I barely noticed my music playing.
The sad part about the morning is that I couldn’t do 5K. I ended up doing about 3K. I had planned a 5K route via Map My Run but alas I couldn’t. I had trouble keeping my breathing at a consistent rate and when I got home it took me a while to catch my breath. Yes, running outside is a lot harder. I think it really was that I ran too fast from the get-go. I have to slow down and pace myself. I think it took me around 20 mins. I didn’t take my phone or a stopwatch with me, so I’m estimating based on how long I was out of the house. Here’s the route from Map My Run I ended up doing. You can see the kilometre markers:
When I planned it out I meant to do another smaller loop inside the bigger loop. I also had to stop about halfway through and get a bottle of water – I didn’t bring mine with me, but I think I’ll have to from now on. I plan to get in 3 more runs this week before my race and I hope the weather holds out and I can do them outside. I’d really like to be able to complete a 5K outside.
Have a great weekend all! 🙂