Saturday morning I was planning on going to the gym, because it seemed cold and windy outside. On the way to the gym I changed my mind and continued driving to the Quannapowit Lake. Quannapowitt lake is a little more than 3 miles long, and it's often used for 5ks. Hello! Perfect training opportunity.
A few weeks ago I realized that I should be training more outside, to get used to running in the cold. Since this morning was about 45 degrees, and really windy, I knew it wouldn’t be pleasant. I decided to buck up and give it a try.
It wasn't too bad since I was dressed warmly. During the first mile, the balls of my feet became numb, but they warmed up in mile two. In the third mile, it got super windy and I felt like I was running against the wind. I thought I was going slow, but when I plugged in my Nike+, I saw that my pace wasn't slow at all. Go me!
In fact, I ran the second mile in 8 minutes and 11 seconds. Not bad at all! My total time for 3.28 miles was 30 minutes and 16 seconds.
I'm so glad I chose to run outside instead of the gym. I was proud of myself for not wimping out.
Today, I had big plans to go for a run around the city in the neighborhood where I was dog/house sitting, but when I woke up, I just wasn't feeling it. You know when you just want to lay around, drink tea, and read every magazine you can get your hands on? That's the kind of mood I was in.
I went to the gym a little later in the afternoon to do some weight training and to run a quick mile on the treadmill. I realized, running outside > treadmill.
Can't wait for the Jingle Bell run!