It’s been awhile! I have neglected this blog for too long. I actually considered starting a new blog on a new topic, but Pat encouraged me to come back to this one, after all the work I put into it earlier this year. So, here I am!
I spent the months of March – October running on our treadmill. It’s very convenient, but not very exciting. I wasn’t very consistent with my running, and never made it more than 2 or 3 miles at a time. So I decided to try running outside. There are a number of
reasons excuses for why I have not really run outside up to this point. Such as a fear of it being harder, not knowing my time & distance, weather, and safety concerns in running by myself. But when Pat agreed to go to Memorial Park with me 2 weeks ago, I decided it was time to give outside running a try.
And I LOVED it. There are so many people on the 2.93 mile track, the people watching alone makes the time fly by. It felt good to feel like I was really moving, and I found that I didn’t get tired so quickly (probably because I always push the speed on the treadmill, out of boredom).
Last Saturday I ran/walked about 5.85 miles in 1 hour, 9 minutes. It felt great, and I felt proud of myself for completing that distance, even if I had to walk a lot of it. I went home and ordered a Garmin Forerunner 305. I figured that if I bought an expensive toy, then I would have to use it.
I continued to push myself with shorter runs this past week, knowing that my GPS would be delivered on Friday, and I would want to test it out with a long run on Saturday. Last night was a late night, but I still made it out of bed by 7:30 AM (thanks to Bailey, who is always an early riser), and I made it to the park by 9:30 AM.
I ran six miles this morning, without stopping once. In the rain. This is the farthest distance I have run in my entire life, and it felt great! I took it slow and easy – my goal pace was 11 min miles. And as the miles flew by, I knew I could make it the entire six. I ran 6 miles in 1:04:15. My average pace was 10:43. I don’t have the split between miles because I still haven’t figured out that feature on the Garmin. Does anyone have suggestions??
I didn’t feel winded at all until I hit 2.5 miles (this usually happens during the first mile). I actually felt really strong, up until 4.5 miles. That’s when the rain really picked up, my knee began to hurt and I found myself struggling to keep my 11:00 pace. I tried to pick other people on the trail to keep up with, to encourage myself to keep going. And once I saw that I hit 5 miles, and then 5.5 miles, I really pushed it to race to the end.
My left knee was killing me by the end, but it felt 10 times better as soon as I stopped running. I stretched a little before leaving the park, but felt self-conscious and decided to head home to finish stretching. This was probably a bad idea because my calves have continued to hurt all day.
I’ve decided that I will register for a race this weekend. According to this article, it’s the best way to stay motivated to continue running. I will also put together a training plan for whichever distance I end up choosing.
Any tips for a runner recently converted from the treadmill?