I wish I could tell you how far I went, but I can’t – my Garmin was dead, so I used an iPhone app that I don’t trust. I’m fairly certain that I went about 5.25 miles, the app said I went 4.9 miles – in the reviews I read (the app was free, by the way), a number of people said that they compared notes to their Garmins and found that the app was WAY off on mileage. So, I don’t know how far I went.
I DO know that I was AWESOME! I checked my running journal after I got back – its been 11 days since I ran last, thanks to snow, freezing temps, and ice. I knew that I would be okay because I had continued to at least do a little bit of a workout with EA Active, and I honestly think that the squats and the lower-body workouts were helping keep my legs ready for a run.
When I left the house, I felt strong right from the start. I kept telling myself, “If I only make it my 2.5 mile short distance, that’s fine. Its been a while since I ran.” Yet, I kept on going. And going.
I left the house around 2:30pm, wearing my normal “its cold” garb: wicking hat and gloves, tech tee, and running tights. When I got outside, I was a little concerned that my tights might have been too warm, and they were for about 15-20 minutes, but then I was really glad I had them. The sun started to set slightly, and the wind started to pick up. By the time I came upon what I’ll say was 5 miles, my butt was numb and I c0uld feel my muscles starting to complain that it was too cold. Thankfully, I was pretty close to home, so I finished up by pushing through one last cul-de-sac and then headed down the street to my house.
Numb or not, I’m really proud of myself. I don’t know what possessed me to decide to push myself out of the neighborhood, but I’m really glad I did. It gave me just the boost I need to be excited for more runs this week. And now I know that my neighborhood is pretty ice-free, so I’m not uncomfortable with running at night, as long as I have my headlamp on.