Following all the encouragement from my 'Does the distance matter' post, and waking yesterday to a beautifully sunny, if frosty, morning, I decided to try wk5r2 outdoors! Well, you know the old adage "fail to prepare..."
Before the end of the (7 minutes or so) walk along the grass track to the nearest bridlepath, my feet were soaked - Mistake number 1: I hadn't checked that my shoes were waterproof. Never mind, says I, keep going, wet feet won't kill you.
Mistake number 2: Possibly because I have always run indoors (on carpet or cushionfloor) I didn't realise that once I started running my pod would jump to the next track! Never mind, says I, I know I need to run for 8 minutes, then walk for 5, then run for 8. I can just use the timer on the pedometer app on my phone.
Mistake number 3: On reaching the bridlepath, discover it is about 6 inches under water, so decide to run along the side. Wet leaves are even more slippery than mud, which at least provides some suction. Never mind, says I, picking myself up off the floor for the third time, there's a concrete path about 200 yards across, run to there and then do circuits.
Mistake number 4: Concrete path is 3 inches deep in mud washed off the bridlepath. I discover that falling in mud on concrete does not cushion your fall - a bad landing on my hip ends the run and I limp home in tears of frustration.
Mistake number 5: discover wet feet do matter - as my blistered right big toe proves.
So all in all my first foray into the 'joys' of outdoor running was not great. HOWEVER - not being one to give up, I decided that I would use the internet to see where else around here I might run, with the intention of going out later that afternoon and completing the run. I couldn't find anywhere that was dry and anyway the pain in my hip and the blister on my toe didn't seem to like the idea.
5:30 this morning it dawned (!) on me that perhaps I could use the concrete path in the 150ft back garden! Nothing like not noticing what's right under your nose
To the amusement of my neighbour, who brought her husband out to watch, I walked/ran (according to the pedometer app on the phone) 4.05Km this morning and managed to keep running for the full 8 (x2) minutes - something I truly believed was impossible for me. The hip coped and the blister (well talced) seems to be fine. The feet stayed dry and I didn't fall once. Guess where I will be running the 20 mins on Saturday!
My deepest thanks to all those of you who inspire me and encourage me, whether with your own posts or your comments to mine. I know that without you (and Laura of course) I wouldn't be doing this.
I fully intend to take iannoda truffle's advice and keep running, keep smiling. I hope you all do the same.