Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Today I hit the road for my jog for the first time since "the incident" on the treadmill back in July. The heat and humidity have kept me inside for lo these many weeks. I was very curious and expectant to see if my non-stop running on the treadmill would translate to the open road. I've been diligent about setting a variable grade course on the treadmill, knowing my chosen courses outside were anything but flat.
Well, it didn't translate. I had to slow to a walk several times due to my pulse going into the "danger zone" (according to my Garmin Forerunner). I learned that exertion spent on the hills outside was greater than the exertion spent on the "hills" of the treadmill. Good news: I did run much more of the course than I did the last time I wogged it.
Was I disappointed? Not really. I was happy to be outside again. And now, I have new goals! I will continue this route until I can run it non-stop. What's really great is that the road doesn't keep running when my feet stop - so I stayed upright the whole way! :)
Hope y'all are setting new goals and continuing to reach for them.