Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Outside or the treadmill? Easy question

Do I dare jinx it?

I think Mother Nature has finally decided she's toyed with us Wisconsinites long enough and that we've had more than our fair share of winter.

It's been gorgeous the last two days. Sunny. Temperatures near 50. Granted, it was a wee bit windy yesterday, but I'll take it. And the forecast isn't changing. More of the same is called for. All. Week. Through the weekend even.

I think spring has finally arrived.

Which means I've abandoned the YMCA. Seriously. How can I make myself stay inside and run on a treadmill to nowhere when I can throw on my shoes and run outside. Because running outside, where I actually run places and the scenery changes, is so much easier than running on the treadmill to nowhere.

So yesterday and today I took my runs outdoors. Like I said, it was a bit windy yesterday, as in steady winds from the north and west around 25 miles per hour, gusting to 30 miles per hour at times. Whenever I ran south and east it was nice. Got a little push from the wind. Running north and west? That was a different story. Too bad about half of my run was spent running in those directions. Today the wind had died down so my short 2-mile run wasn't bad at all.

Hoping the weather sticks around, especially since I have the Oshkosh 5K coming up next week. And after that? It's time to seriously buckle down and start following my triathlon training program, since High Cliff is a little over two months from now!


teacherwoman said...

I am crossing my fingers for a nice day today so I can run outside again. I will take anything above freezing with little to no wind!

Runner Leana said...

Oh, I hear ya! I would take the outdoors over the treadmill any day! I hope the spring weather continues to improve for you.