I loathe the treadmill. When it comes to running, I would much rather be outside. We had a treadmill growing up and I would run for about 15 minutes on it. Granted, I was not really a runner back then and 1.5 miles was long, but I was in great shape and carrying a lot less weight. Still, it was BORING. I
stalk read blogs where people run 8, 15, sometimes 35 miles on their treadmill-all before they go to work! I have no idea how they can keep that pace for that long without poking their eyes out with sharp objects.
I decided to try the treadmill this morning since I had a speed workout on the calendar. Speed workouts I can do because the run is broken up into parts. However, today had me doing the following:
10-20 min warmup jog
3 miles @ 8.15 min/mile with 1 min rest between
10 minute job cooldown.
WTH! That is not a typical speed workout in my book. But, whatever that is why I am following a training plan and not doing my own plan. I need to be pushed.
I woke up this morning at 5:45 and while I listened to NPR and debated not leaving my warm, cozy bed, I realized that yesterday I had seen the new PEOPLE at the gym. And we all know that the best part of a gym membership is access to the trashy celeb magazines that you wouldn’t normally spend money on.
Nothing gets me out of bed and on a treadmill faster than a trashy celeb mag. Thankfully, no one had taken it when I got there. I grabbed the mag, jumped on the treadmill and busted out 5 miles with 3 @ 8min 43 sec miles. I was happy with that. I could not have mentally or physically gone faster. I played some mental games, like:
It is only 8 minutes. The clock says 7:10, that means at 7:18, my mile will be done.It’s 7:16, only two more minutes. You can do anything for 2 minutes.
I will not look at the mileage until I finish reading this article about how The Biggest Loser gained 28 pounds.
I will not walk until I finish reading about Mel Gibson’s most expensive divorce.
I finished the workout with some rolling out of my IT bands, which have been tight and painful lately. I would love a foam roller and I am waiting for my tax return or Easter (Mom-Dad, are you reading this-eh hem) to get one. They are great for massaging out your muscles.
I then did 10 minutes of abs, 10 on the leg weight machines, and 10 on the bike to shake out the legs (while reading Self magazine, of course).