This morning I woke up ready to run and found it was pouring rain outside. While I welcome the precipitation (should bring down temps which have been over 100 degrees this week) I did not want to run in a downpour. I decided I’d run at the gym on a treadmill for today’s session.
When you read the agonized account of indoor runners that progress outside or outdoor runners that feel like champions if they migrate indoors, it’s no joke. Running on a treadmill, even with a 1% incline as suggested to mimic outdoor running is so easy compared to street or trail running. My Garmin tells me that I run outdoors at 5 to 5.5mph and to get even close to that feeling indoors I had to bump it up to 6.0. I only did that on the last interval though, preferring instead to enjoy the easygoing feel of 5.5mph on the treadmill. I felt like a million bucks running easily at 5.5mph. Surrrrrrrre it’s only for 1.5 minute intervals (I like to write 1.5 minutes because it seems more impressive than 90 seconds) but let me tell you it was quite exciting since the last time I tried to run on a treadmill (a year ago) I couldn’t make it past 5mph even for 10 seconds. Nothing motivates me more than progress and everywhere I turn- distance, speed, heart rate, I am making significant progress both in street running and indoors. Fantastic!
Here are my garmin stats for today’s run: Garmin Connect
Tuesday I attempt w3d1. I’m also going to begin to cross train on off days with alternative cardio sports that work other muscles because now that I’ve been working this program for 3 weeks I have a lot of energy and a compulsion to get up and MOVE everyday that cannot be ignored. It’s some sort of nervous energy that must be released.