Check that out! That's me after another successful run outside! If you have read some of my previous posts I am a treadmill lover and terrified outside runner. But Saturday my cousin and I ran outside and I didn't totally suck! I managed to run the first mile, walked .25 then ran .75 etc for a total of 4 miles :) She renewed my love for running outside- ok so maybe she found my love for running outside.
It has been unseasonably warm in Wisconsin the past 2 days so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to run outside again... are you shocked?!? I sure was when my mind starting thinking on Tuesday "if the kids play in the driveway I can run our cul-da-sac and get some time in" so that's what we did! I ran and ran and ran in circles for 4 miles! Of course I had to stop and help
the kids and tell them to stop digging in the mud, but still I did it. And when I mapped it out with my fitbit my "lap" was a little under a tenth of a mile so I ran that over 40 times!
So today was another gorgeous day.....BUT our oldest woke up with a fever and bad cough. I didn't want her coming downstairs so I could use the treadmill and honestly the thought of using the treadmill when it was 60 degrees outside made me feel sick! And I didn't want her going outside so I could do laps, or leave her by herself in the house. So I emailed my husband a bribe "if I have supper cooking in the crock pot and you don't have to do anything can I go for a quick run when you get home from work?!" Of course he is amazing and said "absolutely !!" He came home and practically pushed me out the door! I had my Happy Girl Skirt Sports skirt on and Spi belt and I was ready to go!
And go I did, but a little too eager I think. My first mile was a quick one 11:32 min mile, and for me outside that is quick. I was too out of breath and it didn't feel good. So I walked a little after that mile- just enough to catch my breath and regain my confidence. Then I started up again, this time listening to my body and breathing and just running. I would slow up a little when it started feeling tough and speed up when it was too easy. Running this way I was able to complete 2 FULL miles-- no walking, no breaks, no heavy breathing. Were they super fast - Not at all a 12:14 and 12:42 min mile but I'll take it! Sure they are 12 min miles but they are also full miles running OUTSIDE and that's something to be proud of! Of course in true Wisconsin fashion winter isn't over yet and we are expecting snow on Friday and a high of 30F Saturday, just when I'm getting in the groove! But I'll head down to my treadmill until the weather turns to more spring like temps again and dream of great outside runs.
You might see those numbers and think it's slow but it's ME and I am damn proud of it!
Oh and this Happy Girl Skirt was AMAZING on it's first outdoor run! Stayed perfectly in place and SO comfortable! make sure to click the logo and use code 1NEWLOVE20 for 20% off your order! I have 2 new skirts coming in the mail this week and can't wait to test them out!!
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What changed for you that made you decide to run?