I was in for a big surprise when I walked out of work today. The temperature was near 60 degrees, so I took off my sweater and wore a tank-top on my ride home. I had the windows open, the radio blaring and I couldn’t help but smile, even though it took me 45 minutes to get home.
On that long ride, I decided I would go for an outdoor run when I got home. I received the really cool Nike + iPod from Katy a couple days ago, and I still haven’t got a chance to set it up. But when I finally got home, I couldn’t find my iPod anywhere. I looked for a good 15 minutes, until I just gave up and decided to run without it. I ended up running for 25 minutes, so I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that I ran about 2.5 miles.
Running outside made me realize a couple of things:
1. My shoes are amazing. The last time I ran outside (in October), I didn’t have running shoes. My Nikes made a huge difference.
2. I have no idea how to breathe. Maybe I was cold, I’m not sure, but I felt myself sniffling, having to spit and keeping my mouth open. Sorry if that was gross. If anyone has any tips for beginning outdoor runners, please let me know.
3. Music is important. On the treadmill, I watch television or listen to music, and I think I could run longer outside with some tunes also. New goal for my vacation: set up the Nike + iPod. Note: One reason I haven’t done it yet has to do with the fact that my brother’s computer crashed. He was able to get all of our music onto our external hardrive. But until we get it back onto a computer (hopefully mine), I don’t want to sync the Nike + iPod.
So first outdoor run is over. I’m looking forward to the warm spring weather and knowing exactly what my pace is outside. Right now, I’m clueless. By the way, I found my iPod after my run, of course. It was hiding in my car. That little devil!
My stomach wanted just about anything and everything this morning, so I let it have its way. I had a typical Fage yogurt bowl with honey, a piece of wheat bread and a green apple topped with cinnamon raisin peanut butter. My PB stash is running low. Need to get on that ASAP!
Lunch was…interesting. As a kid, I was unbelievably picky. I always brought my lunch and I pretty much limited myself to cheese and bread every single time. My most common sandwich was muenster cheese on white bread. It might seem boring to you, but I never got old of it. Once I became a meat eater, I let muenster fade to the background. But now I’m bring it back and I’m adding some tomatoes too.
One apple wasn’t enough for me today. I packed an apple bite pack for lunch too. Vegetables included red pepper, orange pepper and zucchini. My veggie sides have been good, but I’m actually starting to mix my spinach salad. Actually, I’m really missing the honey vinaigrette.
Tonight we’re bringing back girls night. Time to watch Real World!
Do you have any tips for someone new to running outside? Muenster cheese…yay or nay? If you run outside, how do you track your distance?