Today I went on a little adventure for which I have been psyching myself up for the last week and a half. I finally took the plunge and ventured out into the real world to try running out there. I knew I was finally going to do it yesterday when I happened upon a Sports Direct and came out with a long-sleeved sports top.
Seems that I chose a beautiful day for it, sun was out and the weather could possibly be mistaken for suggesting that winter might be coming to an end. I've been looking at the location of the two park runs nearest to me and had been trying to decide which one to check out. I eventually last night decided on Barking as I discovered that the bus which runs near my flat goes right there.
Managed to pick up the park run route by following the arrows chalked onto the path and the odd sign tied to a tree and was pleased to see that it seemed to lead away from the Sunday league footie taking place - big enough issue that I actually was going to run where children could see let alone 22 blokes playing footie. I took myself back to the W1 podcast as from reading this forum I understand that running outside is quite a different undertaking to running on the treadmill.
Stupidly I forgot to turn Runtracker on to work out pace or distance but once again ParkRun came to the rescue during the last minutes of my final run with a chalk maker saying 2.5km, so as I turned back towards the park gates instead of going for lap 2 of the 5k distance I think I got through just under 3 km. So I know I was slower than I am on the treadmill as I normally manage 3-3.25km in the gym but at least I got out there and did it and will try to make it park of the weekly routine. I might even volunteer for the ParkRun so I can meet a few new people as I'm relatively new to the area and maybe I can find a running buddy to help encourage me out of doors.
Tomorrow, I think I'll be going back to the gym and the treadmill to take on W2R2 for the second time as I don't think I'd feel comfortable out running on my own at 6.30-7.00 in the morning. Another little victory in the me v running battle!