|On the road again|
Today’s run (street!): 4.2 miles
Spring must finally be coming. I looked in the backyard and could actually see parts of our deck that weren’t completely covered in snow. It was 41° this morning when I prepared to run in my neighborhood for the first time since January 12. This winter’s snowfall has not been good for outdoor running. In the nine and a half weeks since New Year’s, I’ve only run outside seven times, including today.
|Spring is on deck|
Running indoors is mostly about fitness while outside running widens the experience to include far more stimuli. The smell of a backyard barbecue in summer or new construction on a house a few blocks over can positively distract from the rigors of the run. Not to mention the great sensory overload you can get from trail running. I was excited to be able to run outside today, but I’ll admit to being a little nervous about breaking from the comfort of my normal routine.
It was an easy transition to my neighborhood streets and I felt stronger than I expected as I came up on my first mile. Unlike many who perceive the treadmill as an easier workout than running on the road, I have the opposite view. I suspect my treadmill speed is actually faster than what is shown on the display. I fell into a comfortable pace today and every once in a while it would occur to me to add a little speed. At one point I was overtaken by another neighborhood runner, but that didn’t bother me too much.
I ended up averaging a little under ten minutes per mile. Not good compared to my normal outdoor pace, but far better than the speed I struggled to maintain when I ran with my friends at Eisenhower Park a couple of weeks ago. My cold is gone, but some chest and sinus congestion still remains.
I want to go out and do another easy run tomorrow and try to push the distance a little more. I may put that off until Monday and take advantage of having access to the high school track on Sunday. Last time I tried the track it was covered with snow. I hope today’s thaw helped to clear it. If it looks like my backyard deck I’ll head back to my local streets.