Outdoor Running

Sunday, May 03, 2009

I visited my best friend in Oakland this weekend and since neither one of us wanted to miss our own weekend workouts ( emoticon), we incorporated working out into our weekend plans. We ran around Lake Merritt, each at our own paces. It was cloudy and a little chilly with a little bit of misty rain every once in a while. Despite the less-than-ideal weather, and despite the fact that I haven't run outside in a loooong time now due to the cold Washington winter, I DID FANTASTIC.

I plugged the earphones in and told myself, "I'm going to run and not stop for 4 songs." Then when I was listening to song #3 I started talking myself up - "This isn't bad, I'm feeling fine, my legs are tired but they just want to take the easy way out - my legs and I are SO capable of doing this. I'll go another 2 songs after this first set of 4 songs is over." When I reached that last song I told myself I'd go another 2. It made it seem to much more doable, to break the run down into little goals for myself. That's what I used to do in WC, running the Iron Horse Trail - I'd tell myself I'd just run to that park, to that bush, to that fire hydrant, to the end of the bridge, to the vet clinic, to the next corner - and I'd get through it.

I ran nonstop a total of 23 1/2 minutes. Then I ran 1 minute, walked 1 minute, repeat for a total of 6 additional minutes, just to get me back to the starting point of the trail run.

Checking out what I think was the route I took on the Google Pedometer, I ran 2.2 miles in 23.5 minutes, and then ran/walked just under another 1 mile!
BOOYAH!!!! emoticon

What else is awesome besides the distance? Me! The first time outside running in months really, and I averaged around a 10:45 mile. Looking back at my last blog entry, my best in WC was 11:30 for 2 miles, and that was on a beautiful temperate day with just the right amount of water drank and food eaten with adequate time beforehand.

I just ran a 3K. Outside. In my best time ever. I will SO be ready for the Seattle 5K in 8 weeks.
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