Today was a little discouraging. For the first time since I've started running (about 2 1/2 months ago) I ran on pavement. It's either been the treadmill or snow packed trails, both of which seemed a lot easier then the pavement. I've said before that I know the treadmill can be deceiving and today proved that for me. On the treadmill I can run a full mile without stopping. On a treadmill I run a 14 min/mile (yes, snail pace I know but still...). On a treadmill I can see what my pace and distance is. On pavement....let me just say UGH!!! I felt every step, and not in a good way.
Sorry, I know that I am being a bit of a downer but last week was great for me so this was a little slap in the face. On the upside I have decided that all of my runs, weather permitting, are now going to be outside on the road so I can start building on that. I have mapped out a nice 3.5 mile out and back that I think I am going to start making my daily run (long runs may have to wait until I'm comfortable with the 3.5).
On to exciting news- my Garmin was delivered today! I got the Forerunner 305 and have it charging now so I can start playing with it. I kept reading about other bloggy runners that use them so I got curious and did some research on them. What a wonderful tool to have for running! I am getting to a place where I am more concerned with mileage and pacing then just with running for 30 minutes and calling it good. The Garmin will allow me to go on runs pretty much anywhere and still be able to track how many miles I'm running and at what pace. I can't wait to strap it on!