The temperatures this weekend climbed above the freezing mark and the sidewalks have been somewhat less treacherous than usual … so after three months of pounding the treadmill, I decided to be brave and I took my run outside yesterday. It was a reality check.
Running outside is NOT the same. The treadmill is a nice controlled environment – but really tedious. Outdoors has the benefit of fresh air and stimulating environment. I seem to run a little faster, a little stronger, a little harder … if only because the constantly changing terrain demands it. The flip side however is that I feel it today. My legs are a little grouchier than usual, but a grouchiness that makes me feel oddly happy.
Contrary to my initial impression, the sidewalks weren’t great. There were still snowy and icy patches – I had to abandon one route because it simply wasn’t worth the effort. I had to pick my way daintily in many places to avoid a tumble and I had forgotten about the sudden rush of icy slush unexpectedly filling my shoes. It took most of the day for my feet to warm up again … but I must admit, it was great to be back running outdoors again.