W7R1....with a little help from hubby

So yesterday I decided to try an outdoor run on my own as my last two had felt too easy on the treadmill. What a fail it was! My usual outdoor route was so muddy I felt like I was hopping more than jogging, I managed 8 minutes then had to stop. I carried on running/walking up to 22 minutes. 

It really knocked my confidence but I was determined to start week 7 with a big tick. My hubby and son arrived home at 2am this morning after a lads weekend away in Spain. After telling them my story hubby decided he would accompany me today. 

I picked a flatter route on pavement which I knew would take me roughly the 25 minutes. So off we went, I took it nice and steady really not sure that I could do the full 25 minutes. The first 10 minutes seemed to go quite slowly but I seemed to hit that barrier you have to push through at about 15 minutes. I felt quite good after that and at 20 minutes started to pick up the pace a bit. I finished the 25 minutes having run 3.5 km. Slow and steady but I can work on speed later.

I have learnt now that even if you have a bad day the next can be completely the opposite. I feel happy and a bit more confident now about my next run :) Fingers crossed! 

6 Replies

  • Great stuff - I faced a few "dodgy" runs over the past couple of weeks too, but with hindsight, none of them are really failures - just training for your next run.  Going from treadmill to outdoors does mean that you're tackling a few different things that you wouldn't normally (the weather, running round corners, varying hills, etc.), so glad to hear that you nailed it on the 25 minute run.

  • Thank you! I've got my first park run on Saturday which will be run 3, I just hope it's going to be quite flat! 

  • You're braver than me!  I'm leaving my local park run until after I've graduated and got a few more kilometres logged.

  • Well done - a good run often follows a difficult one. It can feel harder outside, but much more rewarding. Good luck with parkrun!

  • Well done great run it's amzing 

  • Hey great! This run went well, who cares about the one before?

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