Went for my first outdoor run today. I had 4 miles on the agenda per the training schedule I’m following. I had previously run 2 and three miles with little-to-no issues. I mean, when I finished my runs, I was tired, but I never once considered quitting. I wasn’t looking forward to running 4 miles on the treadmill though. I overheat and get bored. So, since it was a mild day today weather-wise, I decided to do my 4 miles outside. It was about 36 degrees and slightly breezy when I went for my run. I plotted my route out on Map My Run and, while I was dreading the run (in general), I wasn’t anticipating any real issues.
Well, the first issue I ran into was the wind. It was a lot breezier than I had originally thought. My eyes watered and the tops of my ears stung. I actually put my hands and phone (because I carry my phone with me when I run) in my sleeves, because I didn’t wear gloves and my fingers hurt. Burr. I considered just doing a loop around the block, calling it a day, and making up the miles tomorrow. I didn’t though…I trudged on.
I eventually warmed up a little and my ears stopped stinging (pretty sure they just lost feeling). However, then I had to deal with doggie doo doo. It was EVERYWHERE. I couldn’t just run, I had to hop. I felt like I was playing a really long game of hop scotch. Gross. I wasn’t going to run though the doo doo, get it all over my sneakers, track it into my house and stink up my entrance way. Nope, wasn’t going to happen. So I spent the majority of my run dodging doo doo, swearing, and contemplating just turning around. I don’t have to worry about doo doo on the treadmill. I trudged on though.
Then there was the issue of the snow. Too many people were just too busy to shovel the snow from their sidewalks. Seriously? It has been beautiful out all week. Most of the snow is melted. You couldn’t get out there and shovel/snow blow the rest of the snow from your sidewalk? Unbelievable. There were three times I had to backtrack and go out to the road because the sidewalks weren’t clear ahead of me. The second time I was forced to turn around I considered just heading back, but…I trudged on…bitching the whole way.
Needless to say, I spent the majority of my run zig zagging and hopping around. As a result, I was winded and my legs were sore. The run felt HORRIBLE. Hopefully spring is on the way and temps will rise, people will clean up their dog’s doo doo, and the snow piles will disappear. Not the best run, but I will not be deterred.
To follow my training, find me on My Fitness Pal. My username is Sweetiepie31612. I log all my workouts and all of my meals with notes for both. It’s a great tool for anyone looking to get in shape and/or lose some weight.