I’m not a great lover of treadmills and in the past have been scathing of gyms, adamant that I was an outside exerciser. However, recent snow and ice and my desire to get into the routine of daily running had me rethinking. Surely when the temperatures hit zero the place for a fair weather runner was indoors on the treadmill? Maybe I will actually do all those runs I plan to/want to but never do if I run indoors? As long as I could get myself to the gym that is.
Anyway, I dusted off my gym membership (joined last year to practice my swimming) and decided to squeeze a little value from my membership at last. It took me a while to find my treadmill legs and work out a reasonable speed so that I actually ran the odd mile but didn’t fall off the back! luckily the Nike plus gps app works ok indoors, using the accelerometer, so I can have spoken feedback of distance and time whilst listening to music and not have to stare endlessly at the clock. On my second run I did the audiofuel 180 intervals, (brilliant), and discovered the secret of making 20 plus minutes on the treadmill appear to go quite quickly.
Treadmill running sorted. Holy Grail? I don’t think so. I guess it’s not really about running outside, on treadmills nor the weather for me. It’s the novelty and variety that’s important. Roll on the start of Janathon! I will then have to get creative mid January and book up some more races for 2011.
I planned to get running/exercising 5 or 6 times a week. In fact I’ve run less since my last blog due to all sorts of excuses: resting a painful Achilles Tendon, sore throat, christmas preparations and the odd late night…
Totals: 5K treadmill run, 3 BMF classes, one 2.3mile evening jaunt (with son on scooter) testing link from Garmin connect to Runningfreeonline.