I digress...back to those glorious outdoor workouts! We have a fabulous park about half a mile from our house with a couple of different loops around it. The biggest loop is about 2.2 miles long. I always love that there are so many people running, walking their dogs, etc. The loops go around a couple of different ponds. There are also always tons of kids playing. I mean how can you not enjoy a run when you are constantly passing smiling kids and dogs?!
On Saturday, I decided to go on a run sans Baylor (our dog). As much as I love running with her, mostly because she loves running so much, she does slow me down a bit. As I said before, there are always lots of people and dogs, and Baylor happens to LOVE people and dogs. Our last run, I thought she was going to yank my arm off! I was pretty excited to see that without Baylor, I could run my normal pace! Since I usually take her with me, I had been a bit discouraged to see my pace had slowed down quite a bit. After Saturday, I was pumped to know this girl still has it!!
Since the biggest loop is only 2.2 or so miles, I ran it twice plus a little extra. I completed all 5(.06) miles at an 8:17 pace. My splits aren't shown above, but I also had negative splits! It was a super motivational, self-esteem boosting run! It also made for a pretty fabulous start to an extra fun day. Ben and I attended the Denton Women's Benefit League Ball later that night and had a blast! I also got to partake in a little bit of chocolate mousse cake guilt free. Double bonus!
Despite staying out late dancing the night away led by one of my very favorite bands, Emerald City, I was still itching for another good workout outside the next morning. I headed back to Eureka Park and completed one lap around the biggest loop. Oh yeah, I also ran the 2.21 miles at an even faster pace than the day before!
I then found a picnic bench and completed a short circuit workout three times through. It was perfect! I have shown the circuit below if you are interested in a fun park workout for yourself. Maybe one day I will get a little bit more brave and venture to the actual play area and use the bar for pull-ups and such.
I was one happy camper after this weekend of outdoor workouts! Got to enjoy the great outdoors before it is scorching outside!