Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Anbody Need A Treadmill?

I ran outside. It was liberating. Here are some things that I learned.

1. I run faster outside.
2. Small rolling slopes don't really look like hills when you are running on them, but your legs know the difference between them and a treadmill.
3. The gravel on the side of the road might look like a better running lane, but those weeds growing in it make it a lot tougher than just running on the asphalt.
4. Seeing the mile marker down the road is not the same as knowing exactly how far you have come.
5. A compression shirt is like a body bra for a fat guy, it doesn't eliminate the jiggle it just controls it.
6. The sun is hot.
7. A breeze at your back in the last 5 minutes of a run can feel like a real blessing.
8. Nothing beats seeing the endpoint of your run and being able to run faster to it.

I probably learned more than just those things, but that is all I can think of right now. I finished my 1.8 mile course in 29:12. I wasn't even trying to run faster, at least until the final 300 feet or so. Let's put it this way, I know my next run will be outside.

4 comments:

Dan Seifring said...

Good job getting outside. I run so much better outside. Of course where you live you will need the treadmill in a few months.

Good Job.

Pat said...

You know it's hot when you wished that last car would have driven in the lane next to you and provided a better breeze.

The world is basically just a bunch of running trails. Wait til you run along the ocean or a lake. I even ran in front of two different parades. Of course,you got to be a bit of a show off for that.

Glad you enjoyed your run. And you made good time.

Oh, I almost forgot. You're in fourth place in our "Fantasy Biggest Loser League". Congrts.

Pokey said...

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! I am not a fan of the treadmill, but it's a necessary evil at times when weather isn't on your side. I got on mine for the first time on Tuesday night (after all the months of the hot AZ summer when it will kill you to be on a treadmill in a hot garage) and I rememebered how much I disliked it. For us here, good outdoor running weather is just starting, eh Pat?

Great job on your run!

Emil Von Asskick said...

I am not looking forward to 'needing' my treadmill. Last year plowing season held off till December, I can only hope for the same this year.