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Thursday, July 05, 2012

A Necessary Evil

This time of year, when temps everywhere are hellish, it's time to seek running solace inside, on the treadmill.

Like most runners, I dislike the treadmill -- no runner likes to feel like they're working hard at going no where -- however, in the past year, I've learned to embrace running opportunities, no matter their form.  So, when I have a treadmill chance, I take it.

I only have treadmill accessibility when I'm on campus, that's where I have access to the college's gym, so during the summer that means Tuesdays and Thursdays are treadmill days.

And, of course, the only way to make the treadmill tolerable is to make it a speed workout -- "speed" being a relative term around here -- so, today, I warmed up with a mile at a 10 min/mile pace and then gradually upped the hamster wheel until I was pounding out the last half mile at a 8:57 min/mile pace.  For me, that's lightning fast.

In the end, I did 3 miles in 29:03.  Anything sub-30 for me is satisfying, and even more satisfying, is walking out into the crippling heat and knowing that I don't have to get the run done out there!


Lee said...

I think I'm one of the few people who really doesn't mind the treadmill.

And anything sub 30 is good for me too.

Carolina John said...

yea we've had Florida type heat too and it's kept me completely inside for weeks. Maybe it will make for a cooler fall.

TNTcoach Ken said...

I'm doing the early morning runs instead of the dreadmill! I hate them both.......