Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I Loved My Treadmill Yesterday
An odd occurence happened yesterday, I LIKED running on the Treadmill. I bought it last year to prepare me for the hot winter months of marathon training. I have used it from time to time, but not nearly as much as I thought I would. It's a good safety device when I don't want to run outside. Which is VERY rare.
Yesterday was one of those days. I didn't want to go outside.
I decided to do a tempo run (will do my speedwork on my regular tempo run day). My treadmill has settings from 1-10. No middle settings, so I jump from one speed to the next fairly quickly. I got into my pace at 7 and did a lap of 400 at 8. I repeated that several times. I ran a total of 4 miles.
Here is what I discovered....How many times do we run as a good pace and we feel our bodies slowing down? It's hard to keep the exact pace ALL the time, right?
Well...I was kicking it at 8 and my mind and body wanted to slow down. I couldn't even if I wanted to. Why not? The treadmill was not slowing down unless I hit another button. I wouldn't do that. So, I was FORCED to run that pace, even though I wanted to stop. This is mind bending, isn't it?
When I got done with my 4 miles, which included the 400 sprints - I felt accomplished. I knew no matter what, I nailed that pace at each 400. What was the pace at Speed 8? According to my online research, that was 7:30.
Speed 7 is at a 8:34 pace. Jumped from 8:34 to 7:30 pace a few times. Not too shabby, huh?
I am going to do this from time to time - tempo's on the treadmill.
How do you train on the treadmill? Any tips?
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