My First Outdoor Solo Run

Lots of runners run outdoors on their own. They use it for headspace, to zone out and forget about the worries of the day.

When I need to run, usually on my day off like today, I go on the treadmill. The treadmill is easy for me. It’s what I’m used to, it’s flat and I don’t have to leave the house.

I’ve always found running outdoors much harder. So much so, after my injury in 2013 I never really returned to outdoor running. My first outdoor run was my first parkrun on 13th May 2017. Since then I’ve walked lots outside but never run. To be honest I’m a bit scared of what someone might say to me. You hear these horror stories of runners being heckled and I don’t want it to be me on the receiving end.

As I’m beginning to enjoy running now and I have the Great South Run booked, I know I need to transfer my running to the great outdoors. I need to gain the strength needed to complete that 10 mile race. So this morning I thought “I’ll go for a run outside” that was 4 hours before I actually plucked up the courage to go.

I eventually got dressed to go but as I reopened the curtains after getting changed my stomach dropped. The bin men hadn’t been yet and they’re usually somewhere in the area at this time. So what?! I hear you cry, well this means I’d have to go past them. A group of blokes, what if they were lairy and shouted something at me?!

I finally managed to get my butt out of the door. I’d worked out a one mile loop and my aim was to run it and then if I felt able I could always do a second loop. Ideally I’d do two miles but worst case scenario there were a few cut throughs back to home on this loop so it’d be easy to go home earlier if I needed to. I walked part of the loop (just over half a mile) to warm up, then dropped my jacket off at the house and set off.

Guess what was waiting round that very first corner? Yep, the bin men. They didn’t so much as bat an eyelid in my direction! I ran much more than I expected to before taking my first walk break. I ran along the front and was feeling pretty darn good. Just like at parkrun I ran when I could and walked when I needed to.

Before I knew it I was at the point to start heading back towards home to round off my first mile loop but I decided to keep going on the road I was on as I felt good by this stage and knew I wouldn’t need to stop at a mile. I ran on until I hit 1 mile then turned to run the same route back.

I decided to turn off a little early as my route went ever so slightly uphill. I mean ever so slightly as well, I live in a very flat area. I know a little loop near me is about 0.3miles so I knew I could loop that instead and probably still make 2 miles before arriving home which I did. I got to my house just after mileage ticked over to 2 miles. I did it, and nothing happened!

Red faced but 2 miles complete

I was really pleased, in fact I still feel pretty smug about it now. 

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3 thoughts on “My First Outdoor Solo Run

  1. That’s brilliant- well done! I think a lot of people have those fears of running outside (I am in a female running club and a lot of women join because they don’t want to run alone) which is such a shame, because getting outside is so much nicer (I think anyway) and people should not feel confined to their own homes. I usually run with headphones when I am on my own, and even though I have the sound fairly low, I can always pretend that I don’t hear if someone says anything.

  2. Corinne says:

    Well done! I used to be scared of running outside until I did it Now I know from experience that nobody cares. Lots of people run! When I see someone running I just mostly miss that feeling of enjoying a long run. I hate treadmill running, road running is where it’s at!

    Corinne x

  3. I am SO pleased it went well. Well done!
    Heckles are awful but it says more about themselves than it does about you, or anyone else. Sadly it happens to everyone. I’ve been heckled by school boys before. I just tuned them out and they get bored. It’s ridiculously immature and pathetic.
    I find running on a treadmill FAR harder than outside. There’s so much outside to take my mind off of running 🙂

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