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Subject:OK, that sucked
Time:11:00 pm
Running outside sucked, and I never want to do it again.

It was cold. Not cold enough to put on more clothes, but cold enough to be annoyed that I didn't have them.

I had to carry shit. And wear a headlamp.

There were no numbers counting in front of me. I put a c25k app on the new phone, but it sucked and I had to keep turning the phone on to see what was happening.

There were hills. Tiny hills, mind you, but still hills. There were also obstacles to be avoided.

Running with headphones sucks.

I encountered a potentially-dangerous two-legged vermin.

That car that sounded like its brakes didn't work as I crossed the street in front of it didn't make me happy to be out there.

I had no control over pacing. At the end of the first running segment, I was massively out-of-breath and almost ready to stop. I tried running slower on the second leg, but it didn't work and I quit after 60 seconds and headed home.

It took me 15 minutes to get home once I'd quit.

Yes, the boats on the estuary were pretty, but it's totally not worth it.
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violet_tigress1
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Time:2009-11-10 07:28 am (UTC)
I agree. Running outside isn't fun. You have to dodge rocks, holes, tree roots and tree branches...on top of everything else.
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laren
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Time:2009-11-10 07:50 am (UTC)
Two-legged vermin?!
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whipartist
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Time:2009-11-10 08:10 am (UTC)
There's an aquatic center on the estuary near my loft. I have a sneaky suspicion that there's a drug dealer that hangs out there at night.
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yayhappens
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Time:2009-11-10 07:55 am (UTC)
Ew. Sorry it was such an unpleasant experience.

Outdoors is more cumbersome. In an area that isn't welcoming, it'll be even worse.

Don't give up on trying it outdoors just yet (please!) It sounds like the area you chose tonight wasn't one that would allow you to do what you need to do.

I used to run on the beach in the sand or on the bike path on the strand depending on how I felt. I also ran on treadmills when I moved away from the beach. I like both.

I also used to run on the track at the local high school. That is one of the best outdoors running places for obvious reasons. (It's a track! lol)

The parks also have walking and jogging paths in your area hopefully.

You could also find a store with a big parking lot (WalMart, Target) and run the sidewalk or the lots there, since they are usually flatter.

I know that you went out for a night run so these places may not be so easily accessible or safe (depending on the area), but in lieu of not having a treadmill, I hope you don't totally give up on the idea of not trying outdoors again. :)

I can give you some suggestions for pacing without using instruments that might help with that if you'd like.
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slfisher
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Time:2009-11-10 06:03 pm (UTC)
What is the problem you're trying to solve? She likes running indoors. Due to a lot of people criticizing her, she tried running outdoors and didn't care for it. What's wrong with running indoors, if that's what's working for her?
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whipartist
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Time:2009-11-10 06:06 pm (UTC)
Technically, it's due to the treadmill being broken rather than due to people criticizing me. But yeah, what I'm doing is working and that outdoor thing is icky and not-working.
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adb_foldem
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Time:2009-11-10 08:57 am (UTC)
Screw all that. Stay on the treadmill.
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essaying
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Time:2009-11-10 09:29 am (UTC)
I've never been a runner, but I've done fast walking off and on in various parts of my life, and the only way I've *ever* enjoyed it was when I went out at dawn. The world is really extraordinarily lovely at dawn, and I used to look forward to seeing it. Of course, the last time I did it was in my suburban Sacramento neighborhood, where neither hills nor scary people were an issue. I agree, where you live it's probably a good idea to stick to the treadmill (or, perhaps, drive over to Lake Merritt and run around it).
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ronsrants
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Time:2009-11-10 12:04 pm (UTC)
Kudo's for giving it a try. I think that running on a treadmill is easier than running on a road, even a flat road. On a treadmill, you just have to lift your legs up, on a road, you have to propel yourself forward more.

Next time, try running the bridge or something like that. :) A pedestrian roadway with the C25k podcast on your headphones is good. The podcast tells you when to run and when to walk.

-R

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whipartist
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Time:2009-11-10 04:23 pm (UTC)
No podcasts. No headphones. Having headphones on was one of the most horrible parts of the experience, and they got removed after about two minutes.
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2009-11-10 02:33 pm (UTC)
Maybe once more in spring, when it's not so cold and dark?

I do most of my walking at the mall (indoor laps), but I've been trying to walk the mile from home to where I change buses, and even though it gets cold and there's traffic, that early in the morning I rarely have to share the sidewalk with anyone and right now the sunrises *totally* make it worth it. Plus sometimes I get to see birds overhead or other cool stuff along the way. Mostly if I'm going to do outdoor walking, I'd like company with me, but sometimes it balances out anyway for me.
Also, it's been a useful way for me to get some sunshine + exercise at the same time, which very much affects my mood. Which for me is a Very Good Thing.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2009-11-10 03:58 pm (UTC)
Sorry that worked out so poorly. But, I don't think we meant you should run outside *today*, more like next *spring* when the sun is out and you're more comfortable pacing yourself, hills are a challenge not an obstacle, and you're running along the water front or in a park. Keep going on the treadmill and if at some point you get bored with it, give running outside another shot...during the day...on a nice day.

Edit: Sorry, didn't see your other post that the treadmill is still DOA, so I didn't realize you had no choice but to run outside. If it's going to be down for a while, do you have other options? Do you have showers at work so you could run at lunch where you're out in the daytime? (or better yet, a gym at work?)

Edited at 2009-11-10 04:05 pm (UTC)
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whipartist
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Time:2009-11-10 04:29 pm (UTC)
Wait, WHAT? Run when the scary day star is in the sky That's crazytalk!

No showers at work. If it's going to be down for a while, I'll do something even more horrifying than seeing the scary day star and find a gym membership.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2009-11-10 06:36 pm (UTC)
You must embrace the day star!

Gym membership, ah that's fun. I joined the YMCA. It's kind of dumpy and rundown compared to new modern facilities I could have joined, but it's soo much lower key and non judgemental feeling than hardcore Type A gyms.
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loser_variable
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Time:2009-11-10 08:52 pm (UTC)
Glad you tried, sorry it was unfun. To be fair your circumstances weren't exactly ideal (night, head lamp).

Again, whatever works best for you is best. But my bet is by spring time when you're busting regular 10Ks you'll be out there on the trails loving every minute of it. If not, you're really different. But that's cool too.
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