The past week (2 weeks?) or so I’ve moved to running outside again. I’m very all or nothing – once I go treadmill I only want to run on the treadmill. And once I go outside I only want to go outside. So a few weekends ago it was really warm and I went for a run outside. Since then the treadmill has held no motivation for me. But getting outside? Perfection. Even though it’s been cold lately (Sunday morning was “feels like” 17 – hooray!) I’ve still gotten out. I’ve been getting up at 4:30 or 5am depending on the day, getting dressed, grabbing a handful of raisins, and hitting the streets. I wear Dave’s handy blinking LED light on my arm so I’m nice and noticeable, although I also run on well-lit streets and through a college campus. I get home about 6am and switch places with Dave, who heads out for his own run.
For a season the treadmill is perfect for me – I can work on speed, I zone out and watch movies, I do hills. But it’s also really good for me to get outside, listen to my footfalls and breath, go whatever speed I want. Plus while running in the dark can kind of freak me out (nobody steal me!) it’s also super relaxing and calming. I feel faster in the dark. I feel more at peace with just me and the slap of my shoes and the rasp of my breath. Sometimes I even see another runner. So all in all, I’m glad it’s warmed up (at least somewhat) so I can get back outside again. And for now my runs are solo, as Leo has proven he’s a walk-on-his-own sort of guy!
Also, this is my brand new running watch, bought with birthday money:
It’s fun and pink and keeps a record of my runs, although I put them on mapmyrun so it’s unlikely I’ll ever scroll through the memory file on that. Apparently it can also pace me by metronome, should I want (I haven’t thus far). My requirements for a running watch are pretty simple: stopwatch, fun color, inexpensive (because the chances of it getting lost are kind of high, judging from the past). I’ve thought about going big for a Garmin, but I’m not convinced I really need all the numbers on it – the exact pace, the exact distance. I like running based on how I feel. Plus, those watches are ding-dang expensive, especially compared to my $20-is-splurging standards.
Oh yeah, I should probably acknowledge that my whole “PR a half marathon on the treadmill this winter” never happened. I did get faster over the course of the winter. I started out running around 6.0 as my “comfortable” pace and at the end 6.5 or 6.7 were “comfortable” for me. But I never hit the pace I needed for a treadmill PR (7.2) and I never even attempted it, honestly. C’est la vie!
Do you like running in the dark? Do you have a running watch?