Apr 6, 2013

First Encounter with Nature

Today, I had my first workout encounter with nature. Yes, that's right, I ran outside. I wanted to get a better feel of where I stood, under the more difficult setting of running not on an elliptical. I upgraded to Endomondo Pro, purchased some music from Amazon music (the particular CD of running tracks with bpm was $1.50 cheaper than on the Play Store) made a quick playlist and was ready to rock.

The {Sorta} Run

So, how did it go? Not quite as good as I might have hoped but not as poor as it could have been. It was probably a good representation of where I am and need to go. I'm happy with the result of me being out there doing it. In thr end I did 2.38 miles with just over a 17 min mile pace. This included my warmup and cool down walks and about 30 seconds stopped fixing my shoes part way through to be laced a little tighter. You can see my full stats in the screen grab from Endomondo. The weather was cooler at the start but not too bad as I went because it was bright and sunny. I ran around a small lake nearby, which was a nice path. It was about 3/4 of a mile around, with some up and downs. The sun and water made for a nice environment to run in.

In the future, I'm going to be sure to only start the tracking after my warmup and before cool down to get a better read on my pace. I was happy with the app. It gave me all my information at the miles, seemed to get good GPS tracking and made it easy to pull up my playlist. It also has good ability to do custom intervals. That will be good for the training program I'm looking at, which uses them to build up your stamina. The author suggests a 15 second run, 45 second walk (or 20 / 40 split) which will still enable me to make the pacing requirements for the race I'm looking at. More on that when it becomes officially official.

In the end, I'm happy with my run because it happened. Thats the most important part, getting out there. By getting out there, the improvement will come with it.


Time: 40:47
Distance: 2.38 miles
Average Speed: 3.5 mph
Average Pace: 17:08 min / mile


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