Sunday morning we ran outside for the first time in over 2 months. We were both a little nervous to see if our indoor training would prove sufficient when we actually on the road. All of those hours on the treadmill was surely going to pay off, right?
With our new Nikon Coolpix AW120 camera in hand, we hit the roads. We wanted to test the quality of the VR system, so all of our pictures were taken while running. We snapped over 130 pictures and less than 10 were blurry. (To be honest, Nick carried the camera on the run. I cannot take credit for these pictures.) Although, I was very impressed with the sharpness of the pictures and ability of the camera to focus even while being jostled around.
Our goal for the day was to run a minimum of a 10k, and we did just that. We climbed hills, welcomed descents, and dodged sheets of ice on the sidewalks. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, either. The sun was bright, the sky was a beautiful blue, the temperature cool enough to keep us from becoming overheated yet not too cold, and the wind was bearable not strong enough to slow us down.
The run was fantastic! Our training in Houston was flat, with our largest elevation gain of an entire run approximately 100 feet. The topography is definitely different in Wisconsin. We powered through one hill that was 100 feet elevation change, nearly half of our overall 200+ feet elevation gain. Nick and I were ecstatic about our pace and the ability to overcome the hills.
All of that hard work on the treadmill and bike trainer were really paying off. We maintained a good pace, our legs weren’t tired, and at the end of the run we both felt like we could’ve kept going. Not wanting to overdo it, we decided a 10k was a fair distance and we would have ample opportunities in the near future to run outdoors.