Friday, October 4, 2013

Running Outside

Today was the first time I ran outside.

I haven't been doing a great job of keeping up with the Couch to 5K regimen. It's been a combination of school, holidays, and health crap, mostly. But I went today for the first time in nearly two weeks.

Of course, there was tons of stuff on the treadmill, so I didn't have much of a choice. I threw a skirt on over my pants, put on a loose 3/4-sleeved shirt, put my Tummietote on over that (with an Epi-Pen, my meter, phone, winkies, and iPod), and went outside.

It was hot and sticky, and my legs already started getting tired on the walk up the hill. At the top of the hill, I turned right and began to run.

I didn't get very far, and I started walking not too long after. I alternated running and walking for two circuits around the oval. People stared (mostly kids getting off their buses), but I did it.

Some things I learned:
1. It was very smart of me to choose that oval, because it was flat and I wouldn't have been able to handle any more hills.

2. I need a better shirt to do this in if I intend to go running outside; the one I wore was too hot.

3. People stare. Let them. I'm doing something good for myself.

4. I run more than I walk when I'm on the treadmill. Maybe it was too humid, but I think I walked MUCH more than I ran today. I'm oddly okay with that.

5. Running is much more fun outside.

6. I may have eaten through every calorie I burned with lunch (or all the chocolate I ate today), but I'm proud of myself nonetheless.

If I can figure out the cold air problem, I think I'd run outside, even in the winter. It's SO much better than the treadmill.

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