When I got home from work today it was still light outside and the temps were pretty mild so I figured I'd run outside instead of in the gym like I've been doing for awhile. I know running outside is very different than running on the treadmill, but I could tell if I started to run too fast so then I'd dial it down.
I know the treadmill gets a lot of flack but I really think it's helped me to know my pace. I know how fast I can run to make it the long haul but I also know how fast I can push myself without dying.
I took a route that I'd only ever cycled and once I got halfway I took a turn forgetting that there was a hill on my way back home. Yikes!! I struggled up it, but when I got down the other side there was a man walking on the path up ahead. "I'll just pass him," I thought to myself, but when I looked up again, the man was the same distance away. He was tall and lanky and his walking strides equalled to my running!! I followed him for my last ten minutes and in the final 60 seconds I finally had a dash to get passed him for my own satisfaction. He then passed me two seconds later as I started my cooldown.
I used runkeeper for the first time too but it didn't work too well with my C25K app as I couldn't hear over my music and Laura. But I guess I won't need to after my next run because I'll be a graduate!!
PS- my new shoes are still amazing