The weather today was so beautiful that I was inspired to get OUTSIDE for a run! This is my first outdoor run of the season, and it felt great. The sun was out, but there was a nice breeze. The park was not deserted but not over crowded either. I was pleased to find the trail wasn’t all that muddy!
Couch to 5K Week 6 Day 3
Walk 5 minutes to warm up
Run 25 minutes
Walk 5 minutes to cool down
There were no intervals! I ran the entire 25 minutes! Since I was outside, I was able to adjust my pace a little more naturally. My husband pointed out that it is probably easier for me to slow down or speed up more frequently than I would on a treadmill which makes total sense! I averaged a pace that would be about a 5.5 speed on a treadmill. I ran mile 1 in 11:02, and I ran mile 2 in 11:21. I’m pretty happy with that for a “long” run. In a few months, a 25 minute run will feel short!
I admit that my body feels really different after running outside. I was running on a trail that is mostly flat but there are a couple hills. This is very different from my normal .5 incline on the treadmill. Let’s face it. An incline of .5 is barely noticeable. I also had to watch out for rocks, tree roots, mud, etc. My knee is more sore than normal and one of my toes feels like a blister might be coming on. Ah, the joys of being a runner. But ya know what? I also feel pretty darn good. I DID IT. I feel proud and strong and the soreness just reminds me that I am challenging myself to do more each day.
It’s a new week, which is a great time for a fresh start! Make a plan for how you will be active this week. Schedule it on your calendar. And if you erase it, you better replace it!