I thought going away for work would throw a spanner in the works with my C25K running program, but it wasn’t quite as bad as I thought. I was able to get away from work early and do a run along the waterfront and wharf precinct of Darwin.
Darwin Waterfront Precinct – Photo Credit
I started out feeling great, the location was spectacular and the walk was really pleasant, then the first run rolled around … those 90 seconds running nearly killed me! I admit that this was probably because I hadn’t run since last Friday. I took the 90 second walk to recover before the 3 minute run. OMG I had to fight with everything inside me to keep running. The humidity was oppressive and my legs were burning, as this was my first run on bitumen. All runs have either been on a grass running track or a treadmill. I managed to run the 2 sets of 90 seconds and the 2 sets of 3 minutes, but it was hard, damn hard!
During the 5 minute cool down walk it really made me think about how different terrains and climates can impact on fitness levels. Not being a seasoned runner I hadn’t given this much thought before.
Running on a treadmill seems to be the easiest option. Usually a controlled climate, no temperature fluctuations from one run to the next and the ability to control inclines manually. Running on a flat grass running track is harder than the treadmill mainly due to the varying temperatures. I find if the air is a little cooler the run is more comfortable, yet when humidity & heat are high I struggle. Most difficult is road/street running. So much less control, particularly with terrain. I think road running is going to give me the better work out, however it may be the least kind on my knees.
The week before I left for Darwin I decided I was going to do all my runs at the gym – I have now changed my mind. Whilst the treadmill is the best option for my knees, it is also the easiest option. It’s time I ramped this exercise and healthy eating gig up and actually take it seriously and stop taking the easy way out. That old saying, “if you keep doing the same things you will keep getting the same results” is just so true. Therefore I have decided that I will mix my running venues up a little ensuring that at least one run per week is a road run.
Tomorrow I will be running and hoping to do a road run. If the wind hasn’t died down, I may head to the gym, because let’s face it, a run is a run and a run on the treadmill sure beats not going at all. Am I taking the easy way out? Maybe. I’m still working on it. Really I am.
Before I finish, I have to say a huge CONGRATULATIONS to the lovely Shelley at My Shoebox Life who has successfully finished her C25K program. Shelly was/is my inspiration to starting this journey to fitness again. Shelley has been amazing and I am going to miss her running posts.