What a Roller Coaster of a Run
Let me start with: whoa.
There’s this treadmill at my gym that is like THE treadmill to avoid. You know, the one that’s always available because it doesn’t really act right… Yeah, that’s the one I got last night.
None of the buttons on this treadmill would work except the speed up/down button. Normally that would be fine except the treadmill was also stuck on incline interval training… but the screen didn’t give me any indication that it was on incline interval training.
So I hopped on and thought everything was fine until all of a sudden, with NO visual marker, my treadmill started inclining up — and of course the incline down button wasn’t working. Oh, but don’t worry, the treadmill ended up going back down on its own.
Then up again.
Then down again.
Then up again…
I’m not used to running at an incline so I started out with 4 minute run / 30 second walk intervals but after a mile I cut it down to 2 minute run / 1 minute walk intervals. Then, for the next 3 miles I thought constantly about quitting. Like every single minute. But my half marathon will be here before I know it, so I simply told myself I am NOT cutting any corners. I am committed!
Finally, at mile 3 I got this HUGE surge of energy and I finished the last mile with 5 minute run / 1 minute walk intervals.
I didn’t finish this four mile run as fast as I would have liked to, but I guess that’s to be expected due to the random inclines. PLUS I still finished four minutes faster than my most hardcore four mile run back in June. Once I got home and realized that I felt really good.
I often get frustrated with the small, incremental improvements I see daily or weekly, but all of those 10 second and 15 second improvements really do add up over time.
Comparing last night’s run to June’s 4-miler really helped remind me of that.
I’ve got another four mile run on tap for tonight and I’m looking forward to making it a more even keeled one than tonight! 🙂
How is your training going this week?
How many miles do you have planned for today?