Today's routine, the same for all of Week 7, is a 25-mimute jog. It was 50° outside, with very light winds. In other words, perfect to take it outside. After the mentally exhausting W6D3 workout, I really needed to do something different. I took a few photos during my warmup walk.
I measured this trail on Google Earth and got 0.45 mile. I scramble down a hill behind my house to get to the trail. It ends in the most secluded half basketball court of all time, and it begins off a neighborhood road. I stashed the camera and walked to the beginning. Two kids (~10 & 8) said "Don't touch the wagon mister - it's private property". I assured them I wouldn't and at 11:52 I began my jog. I got to the basketball court at 11:57:15, which meant I was on a 11:40 mile pace. As slow as that is, it's considerably faster than my 13:20 treadill pace. I made it back to the beginning at almost 11 minutes in.
I stopped, hands on knees, for about 20 seconds to catch my breath.
I ran back to the basketball court, and along the way was passed by a middle school girl jogging in a coat. She may have been overdressed, but she could run the gazoobies off me. She stopped at the basketball court.
I stopped too.
She's training for a 5K in May. I have a feeling she'll beat 30 minutes easy. With about 40 seconds of breathing to get the wind back in my sails, I jogged back to the other end and came back until I had hit 25 minutes. Then I walked back to the house. In twenty-five minutes, I went 1.9 miles - and that includes a minute of catching my breath.
I will have to check with the C25K officials to see if this counts. Either way, this exercise was about a thousand times more enjoyable than the mental struggle of W6D3. This was also the first exercise that was exclusively on asphalt. I think the legs are fine, but as with my last outdoor run, sometimes you don't know until the next day.