I did it. I ran on my lunch break. And it was good, if only for the fact of actually doing it.
Will I do it again? Let’s analyze the facts.
|It made me feel uber cool, like I was tons more awesome than my co-workers.||My feet got uber cold. Stupid hole in my shoe.|
|Most of the sidewalks were cleared and salted by business owners/government entities.||The parts of the sidewalks that were not clear were like mountains. I actually stopped the Garmin a couple times to climb over some of them.|
|It was warmer at noon, and I didn’t need 300 layers to go outside.||It took me what seemed like 300 hours to get in and out of those layers in the tiny stall in the work bathroom. No ADA compliance here.|
|I was able to get in 4 miles, easy peasy. (I have no clue on pace because I can’t plug in Garmin till later.)||Those 4 miles seemed to take a while because there were lots of stops and starts along my downtown route.|
|I got to run.||Downtown doesn’t offer a great route, and I ended up doing a weird loopy out and back.|
It’s that last pro that’s going to get me. “I got to run.” Sure, it was a bit of a pain to get naked , dressed, naked again and dressed again in the bathroom. Sure, I had to dodge slow-moving business types on their way to lunch. Sure, I never got settled into a groove because of the crosswalks. But I got to run, if only for 4 miles.
(Just did a smell check – I’m good.)
I think I might be doing this again tomorrow, at least, as it will still be pretty cold and the routes to my beloved boulevard are quite treacherous. Seriously – I almost fell at least five times on my walk with Denali. It might not be my No. 1 choice but it’s nice having this card in my back pocket.