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…

Roller Coaster (Hulk at Islands of Adventure)

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.Β But my half marathon will be here before I know it, soΒ I simply told myself I am NOT cutting any corners. I am committed!Β 

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.Β 

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! πŸ™‚

How is your training going this week?

How many miles do you have planned for today?

7 comments

  1. Jennifer, thefinalforty.com

    Way to kill your run! I definitely don’t think I would have enjoyed the random inclines…yikes! That’s not easy! I know what you mean about seeing such small improvements, but believe me, 10 seconds here and there really DOES start to add up! πŸ˜€

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you! I’m just chugging along trying to be half as awesome as you! Your last post detailing out all you’ve accomplished in the past year is still making my head spin!

  2. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    Wow! Way to undertake a challenge and stick with it!! Nice work! Commitment is half the battle, right?

    I’m loving “Eat and Run” so far!

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Yay, I’m so excited you’re reading “Eat and Run.”

      Scott has replaced Britney Spears as my hero πŸ™‚

  3. Kristi Raz

    Hi Kristina. I found your blog through Karla’s. Sounds like you are doing a great job of preparing for your half marathon. This time last year I was also training for my first half, now I am training for my first full.
    I noticed in your list of races that you did the Colour Me Rad. Is it a race you would do again. I am thinking of signing up myself and my family for their Gatineau, Quebec race in September but I don’t know anyone who has done it. Do you recommend it? My two kids are very keen to do it of course!

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hi Kristi, thanks so much! How’s training going for your full?

      Color Me Rad was my first ever 5K so it holds an extra special place in my heart. I was full of all kinds of emotions that day, but even without it being my first 5K I think I would have still had a blast. It’s definitely the kind of race that you should take your kids to – I saw a lot of families that day!

      I wouldn’t recommend it as a place to try to PR or even as an event to do solo, but with family or friends it’s a blast.

      My biggest recommendation, especially since you would be taking your kids, is to sign up for the first wave. I signed up for the latest wave and by that time some of the color stations were already tapped out of color.

      When I did The Color Run later on I went in the first wave and had no issues with getting blasted with color πŸ™‚

      1. Kristi Raz

        Good advice about the waves – have to admit I was going to sign up for the last wave (hate early mornings) but now I won’t.

        Marathon training has had its ups and downs but overall I am making progress. Still thrilled by the fact that last week I ran 26km. This week is our “easy week” so only have to do a long run of 19k. I NEVER thought I would say “only 19k”.

        You will love the half marathon. I did my first last October, figuring it would be my only one and then I would work only on my 10k pace. Once I did one though I was hooked and followed it up with four more. I actually like the half better than the 10 because there is more time to build up to your pace and adjust to what you want. Mostly I do all my races in Ottawa, but have to admit the most fun I had was doing the NYC Half last March. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a destination run.

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