Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Benefitting from the indoor option

Today's run (treadmill): 25 minutes

There was a period in 2010 when I avoided the treadmill for a period of months. It didn't rain most mornings when I planned to run and, if it did, I'd use the elliptical instead. I hated the treadmill because it was tedious, hard and a little bit scary to use. In spring of 2011 we replaced our twelve year old machine with a Sole F63 and I began to view treadmill running somewhat more positively.

It seems like the frequency of rainy mornings has increased since that period in 2010 and there's no elliptical option because the machine has been down for parts throughout most of the year. That has put me on the treadmill one or two times a week. Today's iffy weather put me there again this morning.

I didn't really enjoy yesterday's run that took me over a mile to find my stride. Today's was much different, even though I was very tired when my alarm jolted me awake. I briefly considered taking another rest day but reason (i.e., guilt) prevailed. This morning's progressive speed run landed me within my desired heart rate zone and the time went by quickly. A good workout is a good workout, no matter what the surface.

3 comments:

  1. Do you have a TV or anything at your treadmill? I have mine in the basement and I find the TV helps, I would never be able to finish a run other wise.

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  2. I love progressive runs and or interval training on treadmill. I know what u mean about weather.

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  3. I do have a TV in our guestroom where we keep the treadmill. It's located to the left so you can't view it straight on. I put on the news when I run on it but I'll often turn it off after a while. I was using an iPad app called Virtually Active that simulated running through the city or on a trail. But after a while it gave me a headache!

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