So after all my treadmill running I finally ventured outside and risked the pollen. The sunshine is glorious but hayfever can be a real pain. I combined the run with my retriever, Rico's, normal walk. First issue where to put the poo bags and treats? They just about fitted in my running shorts. I walked the first 5 mins which included the normal business clear up - thoughtfully near the poo bin. Then off I go - not too fast to start. Running through trees with the occasional call to get my four legged friend to catch up and stop chasing squirrels.
Thought I'd check my heart rate and that's when it happened. I manage to hit a tree root and turn my ankle while checking my watch - 5 minutes into the run. All the running I've done inside and I've never injured myself but this was excruciating. A few deep breaths and gingerley see if I can walk - actually it felt ok. Wondered if I could continue running and just be more careful about where I look.
So I jogged a bit and then amazed myself by getting back into my stride. Rico lagged behind most of the way and I had one further stop jogging on the spot while whistling for him top stop chasing a pheasant and return to me.
I completed the run with a burst uphill then walked for 5 minutes. In total just over 30 minutes to do a walk that normally takes 45-50 depending on wildlife.
So apart from a sore, bruised foot I really enjoyed running for about 20 minutes total and just under 4k. Speed was slower today but max heart rate 176 and average 146 bpm (including the walking), which is lower than when pounding the treadmill. Also I wasn't as sweaty today as there was a cooling breeze.
I know I could have run longer thanks to C25K. I was surprised my four legged friend was happy to run behind without too many stops and now is lying peacefully asleep as you can see.
I didn't use music today, no Laura chirping in my ear but found, thanks to the C25k+ podcasts, I was breathing and counting 1,2,3,4. All round a very satisfying way to start the day.
Think I'll rest up until Friday and run the 5k I've plotted if my foot has recovered.