Saturday, September 3, 2016

Couch to 10K Week 3 Review - The Time I Went Outside

Mid-way through week 3, I started to feel confident. I was sticking to my 3 runs a week. I wasn't feeling sore or stiff. I wasn't loathing my time in my sneakers. I was running a solid 3 minutes in a row. I realized I do not need medical attention after I run. Sign me up for the next Olympics! Because of my great successes, I decided to take my speedy self outdoors. I wanted to see how fast I actually would run without something telling me what speed I should be running. To recap I will provide you with a list of pros and cons of taking your run outdoors.





CONS:
-There are bugs outside.
-There is NOT Netflix outside.
-The pavement isn't level. There are hills out there y'all!
-My earbuds do not fit in my ears. During my 'running' part I was TERRIFIED that my couch to 10K app would tell me to stop running as the earbud would pop out of the one ear I could 'sorta' get it to stay in - and then I wouldn't know if I should stop or not! I ran holding it inside my ear cavity.
-Other people can see me. I am pretty sure they laughed at me. (This may have been in my head. I don't think so . . . )
-My pace was actually slower outside.
-I felt like the run was both not as intense as the treadmill run, but at the same time it was more intense. I can't explain this well.
-I had nowhere to put my cell phone. In your sports bra is a terrible idea. Don't ask me how I know.
-I was SO THIRSTY! Thank goodness the track by my house has a water fountain.
 -OTHER people's dogs were looking at me like I was crazy.


SERIOUSLY - who designed these? Who has circular ear holes?!?!


PROS:
-I saw a butterfly



I will keep running on the treadmill for now. I need to get an arm band for my phone, better earbuds, AND some sort of water belt thing? I have seen others use this. Sadly, it is going to get COLD up here in Wisconsin pretty quickly. I will have to use my treadmill at an incline for now indoors. After all, the event I am preparing for IS outside.

Do you prefer exercising inside or outside?

 (To follow my journey from the start - view all my running posts.)

19 comments:

  1. Lol about nowhere to put your cellphone when running. I actually experienced that. Haha.

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  2. LOL...I love the part about the dogs looking at you. Here my neighbors dog look at me like ?I'm lunch.

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  3. Hahaha! I agree with you about the earbuds. They freaking hurt! And running? I can barely walk to the mailbox. But kudos to you for at least thinking about it. :D

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  4. LOL, all my same fears, especially all the bugs outside now. They are monsters here in Missouri!

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  5. HAHAH! So funny. I've done the sports bra thing... Not a good idea.

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  6. Good job getting outside! It is SO important to get active.

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  7. Congrats on taking it outside! Your Run Disney race is next! Can't believe it!

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  8. Love watching and hearing your progress!!! Way to change it up!!

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  9. Any exercise is good exercise, I keep thinking that one day I will start running but never quite seem to get there... Thank you for the encouragement...

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  10. Wow, that's a lot of progress! I am so glad to hear about this, I hope I can do it also.

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  11. OMG, this made me laugh. I loved hearing your cons and then moving on to the pros and expecting there to be a long list. Still, there was that butterfly! :) Keep up the amazing progress.

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  12. haha the bugs are dire in the summer when you are running. If I run anywhere near any plant or tree I get bugs in my face or in my mouth! = gross!

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  13. Your part of where the headphones do not fit in your ears had me cracking up. I also run into the same problem with mine.

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  14. This post was definitely what I needed today. Shows the good and the bad with what is going on with your progress. Keep it up.

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  15. I usually prefer exercising outside. I love being surrounded by nature! I do mostly exercise indoors during the cooler months, though, because I can't stand the cold at all.

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  16. I usually prefer exercising outside when I have the time, but sometimes it's easier to just go to the gym especially when it starts to get colder and darker.

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  17. I also started running with this method and I totally loved it! I also felt very confident in a few weeks and I was surprised to see the result. I always hated running and I was surprised to see that I started loving it.

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  18. Yes! I hate that about the cell phone...I don't run and walk instead, and I have unfortunately taken to shoving it in my sports bra...I'm sure that looks awesome :-D

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  19. I like to do my cardio stuff inside because I'm self conscious about what I look like. But I love going for walks outside.

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