Just back from my big brave outside world adventure.
I was a bit apprehensive before I set off. A few doubts were running around my head, 'I've still got a cold, it might make it worse', 'What if get and injury half way round?', 'What if someone spots me and laughs?', 'What if the treadmill gets jealous?'.
So, I gave myself a good talking to for being a wimp and went for it! (in a reserved kind of way).
Before I knew it I was cruising along the beach in slow motion to the tune from Chariots of Fire (which didn't quite match the song Laura was playing, but it sort of worked)! And I was a long way from home, well about 1.5k.
I noted a few differences compared to running on the treadmill:
1) The air-conditioning is much better, especially on the beach with a stiff breeze blowing off the North Sea. I didn't get nearly as hot.
2) The view is more interesting. As much as I love gazing out of the window and counting the cherry blossom as I plod along, it gets a bit boring.
3) It's a bit more difficult. The floor doesn't conveniently flow in the opposite direction halving your effort.
4) Pacing yourself is more difficult as you have to regulate that yourself rather than pressing a button. This wasn't a bad thing as I ended up running faster and further than last time, by accident.
5) It's easier. I know I said it's more difficult in point 3) but that was more to do with the actual running than getting through the run. Overall it seems easier and seems over quicker. I think that is probably because there are no digital displays to look at telling you how many seconds you have till you can slow down again. I hope that makes sense!
6) You don't know what your heart rate is. Do I need to know what my heart rate is? Er, probably not. Knowing that I still have one is enough!
Anyhow, this is turning into an epic (can you tell i enjoyed th run?)
So here's looking forward to the reverse run on Sunday, I am going to run the opposite direction rather than backwards