Outdoor Running is Hard!

I went for my first proper outdoor run today. Or at least I tried.

I was all motivated and dressed to go to the gym, when I realised we don’t have any guest passes left in the house (that’s how I’ve been accessing the gym in Salisbury, I do not pay for two memberships!). Since I was so ready to go, I decided to just go for a run instead.

I knew what my route was going to be; there’s an easily navigable circuit where I live – turn left out of the house, up and round through a suburb called Bishopdown, onto the main road, and then along there until you approach my house from the other side. There’s a bit of a hill to go up and down but it’s not monstrous and the rest of the route is pretty flat. The route is just under 2.5km. I have to admit though, I only managed to run about a kilometre of it on this occasion.

I found that running on the actual earth is much harder than running on a treadmill. Is this normal? Was it psychological ’cause I haven’t done it before? Was it made worse that I chose the warmest day of the year so far to venture outside? I don’t think it’s an issue with my actual fitness as the thing I struggled most with was the pain in my ankles and the tightness of my calves. When I slowed down to walking, my body wanted to spur on and keep up the pace but my ankles weren’t coping well.

I know that practice will really help and I’m hoping to get out again over the weekend, although I do have work and a Christening to fit it around! But I feel like just keeping on running isn’t enough to make it more comfortable and I need to find some tips on strengthening my ankles and legs in general.

It was a little disheartening, considering the progress I felt like I’d made at the gym but I’m going to focus some of my frustration into some internet research. I’m not the first person to do this, nor am I the first to write about it. As Isaac Newton once said, we see further by standing on the shoulders of giants. So giants, share your wisdom!


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