Friday, 24 January 2014

My Inaugural Outdoor Run

I was home from work today with the third cold of the season. Feeling a bit better at lunchtime after having had something to eat (leftover Chinese takeaway - shh!) and a fresh dose of Lemsip, I figured a quick bit of fresh air might do me some good. I was eager not to forgo the last part of C25K Week 3 today, so thought I would take it really slowly and go for a mooch around the local Common, as Runkeeper said my proposed route was about as far as I'd usually do on the treadmill for these workouts.


I think it's safe to say I learnt a few things from my first outside jaunt... :)

  • Don't run when feeling remotely snotty, regardless of how well the Lemsip is working. It's hard to blow your nose when you run, and hard to sniff when you breathe through your mouth.
  • I need some method of carrying water. It wasn't that I was particularly thirsty, but the colder air did give me a much dryer mouth than normal - to be expected, really.
  • My calves got more of a workout as the terrain is (surprise, surprise), not consistently flat. 
  • Mud is both sticky and slippy, and you have to pay a lot more attention to where you are putting your feet, particularly as the paths are very well used by bikes and dogwalkers.
  • Dogwalkers who insist on walking in the middle of paths and dogs who leap up at you (having just been for a swim in the pond) are a particular hazard!
  • I need some proper running shorts or tights, because my plain 'fashion' cheapie leggings were slipping down.
  • I need somewhere or something to put my phone in where the headphone wires don't get tangled up.
  • And speaking of which, I need some better headphones - I could only get the in-ear ones to stay in by keeping my headband over my ears and the wire kept getting tangled where I was having to hold my phone.
  • I need to get a housekey cut so I don't have to take mine off my keyring.

Conclusion?
With a few modifications, I'm looking forward to getting outside again! :)

If there are any more experienced runners who can offer any solutions to the above (or anything else I should consider), I'm all ears!

Today's Workout (c25k W3D3):
Walking (brisk, 3.5 mph) = 21 minutes
Running (slow, 4.8 mph) = 9 minutes

Shoes: Vivobarefoot Breatho

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