Finally I did what I have been wanting to do for a long time. I ran outside! It was a beautiful day here in Maryland and everything is starting to bloom. I have been so anxious about this first run that I could barely get myself to go outside and just start running. I actually walked up a couple of houses and went between them on a path so I could start in a spot that no one would be able to see me.
I struggled at first with a pace since I have only been on a treadmill which maintains my pace nicely for me. I got a belly cramp right away and just tried mentally running through all the things I have learned about running, even if it was on a treadmill.
NOTES TO SELF:
Loved the feel of the path under my shoes.
Loved the river that I ran alongside.
Loved the flowers and all of the trees that are blooming.
Loved the nice breeze that was blowing.
I ran through a puddle. Got my new shoes a little wet... : (
I ran through a puddle. Who doesn't like running through puddles!!
I had to stop and walk once up a nasty, nasty hill.
After I walked a little, I ran again!!!!
I realized that no matter which way I run from my house, I will always have to run uphill at the end to get home.
Nobody fell over laughing at me.
I could see my shadow and I looked like an ordinary runner to me...
I need an ipod arm thing.
Nobody passed me up, although it seemed that everybody was going the other way on the path.
I made it all the way home, not just to my secret starting point.
I waited for this day to come and hoped that my first time would be perfect! It was just that. I am a runner! I feel like superwoman tonight!