I got off work 45 minutes early today, so I hurried home to put on my jogging shoes. I mapped out a 5K route, and I was anxious to do it since I hadn't attempted to run that distance since the 1st of March. The difference is that the first run was on a treadmill; this one would be outside.
The weather was nice but a little warmer than yesterday. Unfortunately, my speed did not improve as much as I had hoped. But then I rethought about that.
1. I was outside, and it was much warmer while running in the sun.
2. The trail surface is more challenging than a treadmill surface
3. There are elevation changes, slight, but changes nonetheless
So really, I guess even a 1/10 of a mile faster is still good.
When I got home, I sat on the back patio and my daughter came out to give me a kiss. She kissed my sweaty cheek, and I saw her make a face. I laughed and asked her if I tasted salty. She said, "Ya, you taste like the ocean!"
Later, we met Grace Kelly and her kiddos at the elementary school by our house. They have a 1/4 of a mile trail there, and we thought it would be a good idea to let the kids play while Kelly got her run in. While she was running and the kids were playing, I thought I would try some of the playground equipment. I discovered I still cannot do a pull up, I can't climb moving chains, and I'm scared to jump a hurdle. Not so good for the ego. So I went to the playscape. They had a mini rock wall, which I will refer to the as the "Wall of Terror" I'll have to go back out and take a picture so you can see how funny that is. I climbed the Wall of Terror and pulled myself over the top. Then I climbed down the bars on the other side. I did that a couple of times. I know it doesn't sound like much, but I am sure that 2 months ago, I could not have climbed that little rock wall. Then we attempted to "hop" over this metal vault bar thing pretending like it was a bumper of a car. Ya! If nothing else, Kelly and I had a good laugh, but we will have to find a way to step up our game. Our Warrior Dash obstacle requires us to climb nets, jump over cars, and all other kinds of stuff that we are not ready for. Kelly did do a great job of climbing the moving chains, though. We'll have to look into parks in the area that have fitness trails.
Somehow I'm going to have to start jumping. I know it sounds funny, but it's got to be a mental block or something. I don't even bounce around in zumba. I'll have to think about that. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them. =)