So today I pulled myself off of the couch and decided to do my run outside in my neighborhood. It is chilly and windy, but at least the sun was out today. I figured a bit of fresh air would do the trick. I can't tell you how awesome it was!
Today like I said I ran in my neighborhood. I did C25K Week 2 Day 1. For those of you not familiar with the C25K app ~ this is what I did today: Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Then a 5 minute cooldown. Last week I did the same thing except I would jog for 60 seconds and walk for 90 seconds. I struggled less with the 90 seconds of running outside than I did with the 60 seconds on the treadmill. I felt so good that I was going to walk the main street in my neighborhood one more time after my 5 minute cooldown. My Iphone had different plans. It died 5 seconds before my app finished. I wanted to keep walking with the music but now looking back guess I could have just enjoyed listening to the leaves and wind. Speaking of the wind, at times it was VERY strong and it was definitely hard breathing when I was running into it. Cold + Wind + Gushing in your face + fat girl running = definitely can't breathe. I would just hold the back of my hand up in front of my face when it got to bad until it surpassed.
OH! I think I might have figured out my mental games problem...it all has to do with one little word I wouldn't think I would ever say I hate. So many of my runner friends have all said this before and I always wondered why, it never seemed like a big deal to me. So what is it that I am talking about? The TREADMILL. That's it folks, I know its winter but I think I am going to have to train outside on all days that are possible! I think in the back of my head I always knew the problem might have been the treadmill. You see treadmills are boring, you have nothing to focus on to keep your mind off what you are doing. Also, I tend to focus on the screen in front of me wondering when I am going to be done and monitoring that too much. At least at the gym you might have a tv to watch. I loved running outside today. WAIT......
Did you just see that? I typed a sentence that had RUNNING and LOVE right next to each other. I don't believe it folks!
So all in all today was a GREAT day for me! I almost want to go back out and do it again! Anyways, I need to go, in-laws got here during my run so I need to go spend time with the family!