Hey, it's Emily again! Sorry I've been kind of MIA, I moved back to Ohio from Wisconsin for the summer and finished up final exams in the last two weeks. It hasn't left me a lot of time to blog! Thanks to Julie for picking up the slack!
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Oh, the sheltered world of the gym. I had been using the gym at my university, but since I’m back in Ohio for the summer, I have no free access to a gym. I am seriously going to miss the treadmill.
What? you may say, She is going to miss the treadmill? Who actually likes treadmills anyway? But, as someone who loves to have control, the treadmill was great for me because:
- I could see exactly how far I had gone
- I could choose exactly how fast I would go
- I could control the incline
- I could look at average pace, calories burned, and other fun stats like that
- The treadmill was inside, in a (mostly) climate-controlled environment
I went out walking with my mom on Wednesday. She’s working toward a different goal (hiking), so we walked a hilly route for about 3.5 miles before I started out on my “run.” I had ABSOLUTELY no idea how different running outside would be. I had to keep a strict eye on the second hand of my watch, I had no idea how fast I was going, and I did not get too far before I realized I had been pushing too hard - I was completely out of breath and my legs were not happy. UGH! How frustrating!!
It’s not like I can avoid this transition to outside, but I was not prepared for it! Now that I know what I am facing, here’s how I’m going to fix some of the things that I didn't address before transitioning outside:
- I will use a podcast or my own mix of music that will tell me when I should be running/walking. This will allow me not to focus on my watch, but to focus on the road, my pace, and my breathing.
- I will map out my run ahead of time on Google Maps, runningmap.com, or something similar, so that I know the mileage for different roads (and then I can figure out how fast I need to get down certain roads to maintain the pace I want).
- I need to keep the weather in mind! It’s been chilly here lately, so I had to borrow a long-sleeved running shirt from my mom the other day. I know it will start getting pretty muggy and warm in the mornings, so I’ll make sure I’m out and running before it gets too hot! (I also need to not avoid going out when it's raining!!)