It's quiet humorous that I ran outside this entire winter, through snowstorms and freezing temps, yet Monday when the temps where in the 30s I found myself doing repeats on the mill. Why, you ask? Because the bikepath where I normally run was still covered in ice and snow.
I had 12 miles or so, with 2 easy, 5x2K @ 10k pace with 3 min easy in between, 2 easy. Except that in my haze I thought I had to do 6X2k, which is what I did. I know you are supposed to put the resistance up to 1, but after doing one repeat at 1% incline and almost falling off the thing, I stuck with .5% which felt manageable. The first couple repeats where the hardest, because all I could think about was "hell, I have X many left?". Plus, I could not find my stride. For me, treadmill running is v different than road running. My stride remains very short even when I run fast, and my knees are much higher than when I run on the road. I got into a groove after the first 3 repeats, it's like my body finally realized how to run on the treadmill. Interestingly, my HR is much lower on the mill versus the road. I also don't get the nausea that I get when I run outside, which makes me think that I run harder when outside. This may have something to do with the incline, and perhaps had I set it @ 1% things would have been different. I ran the last repeat starting @ 6:22 and ending @ 6"07 just for kicks and to show the mill who is the boss! Not a bad workouts!
It was interesting to be in a gym again. I don't remember when was the last time I was there. People were looking at me like I was nuts, as I was dripping sweat all over the treadmill (it felt like summer time as my shorts and shirt where drenched after the first couple repeats, and I drank 2X24 ounces of liquid).
My verdict is that I could probably get used to running on the treadmill. It is really not that bad. It works great for repeats because you are locked in a pace and forced to keep going. I am still in owe of those of you who can run marathons on the treadmill, though. That's a talent I do not posses.
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