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Run Rennie Run
Went running outside this evening, for the first time this year except for a short cobble-stony run in Gent. It was quite a bit different than running on my treadmill, of course. It was prettier, which was nice... But it was stressful not having all of my "metrics" right in front of me. I didn't know how fast I was going, or how far, or how long!

I found it harder, and I don't know how much of that was me pushing myself a bit hard in the beginning, or how much of it was the challenge of uneven terrain and actually moving instead of just treading. I'm sure it was partly both. I think I did kinda "take off" when I started, and I regretted it after several blocks.

I did the 5k route I plotted out for myself several years back (was it the year 2000, back when I was running semi-regularly? Wow, I think it was.), although I might have chopped a couple of blocks off....

...wait a minute, I can map it out with the gmaps pedometer! I'm such a fool. Back in the Olden Days when I figured out these paths, I did it with the odometer on my bicycle. I was just about to comment that I should take my bike out and check the distance again. However now that we have fine companies like Teleatlas mapping the world, there is no need to resort to such archaic methods.

There, I just checked. Didn't even notice the pause, did you? Ah, the wonders of the internet. It seems to be just about 3 miles - not quite 5k, but close. I think I must have gone 1 block farther before looping back last time I paced it at 5k.

Anyway, I didn't run the whole thing - I let myself walk a few blocks halfway through. I also got to pause a bit each time I crossed Campbell, in order to let cars pass (and let me catch my breath!). I don't know how long it took, because I didn't look at nor bring a timepiece. But I think it was a good start for my first outdoor effort. Now I just have to do it more! Still over a month until the Race for the Cure.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 25th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Good for you, I road ran this morning mostly in the dark in the humidity, just a 5K, second one this week, slight hilly run. I am back to doing them again after the winter, tomorrow it's the gym for weight training and I'll just use the treadmill.
joline From: joline Date: April 26th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been thinking about the differences between running outside vs. the treadmill, lately too! I realized that I can bike at the gym for a lot of miles (13! that seemed like a lot to me...) but I can only run outside for about 2.5 (so said my car's odometer when i drove the route later). on a treadmill, i really struggle to make it to 2.5, but i think it's because i get bored and don't get have a sense of accomplishment, like, "i'll just sprint to the next corner and then i'm almost there...ok, i can sprint to that mailbox, too!"
joline From: joline Date: April 26th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
p.s. now i feel dumb for stating my measly miles. i only just joined a gym i mid-march! i'm a newbie, not like you!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 29th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh geez, you should definitely not feel dumb for talking numbers! I'm not some fitness expert, just a girl who has been plugging away with a variety of efforts at getting fit for a long time. That hasn't made me good at it!

2.5 miles is a lot to me also, and generally when I use my treadmill I tread (walk/run) between 2 and 3 miles. The 5k route I'm talking about is only 3.1 miles, and that's the farthest I've EVER run. I can walk much greater distances, but running is hard.

Incidentally, I hate running. I do it because I know it's good for me, and because I love the satisfaction I feel after I've completed the chore.
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