Treadmill, dreadmill, rat wheel, hamster wheel, satan’s sidewalk…whatever you call it, it’s pretty much in all runners lives.
Some love it. 😍 Because it sets your pace and you don’t need to worry about dealing with traffic and distractions. You can focus and run. 🙂
Most hate it. 😩 Because it’s indoors and changes your stride and is immensely boring. ☹️
I consider it a necessary evil. 😈 I am so not a fan, but on a day when I must run, and being outside isn’t an option (rain, dark, oppressive heat, etc), it lets me.
I have been incredibly fortunate to not be on one in so long that I don’t exactly remember the last time I used one. Hmmm… 🤔 (June maybe?)
Until yesterday that is.
Because it’s getting kinda dark 🌌 in the mornings and pretty soon my runrise 🌄excursions will have to stop.
And because…I wanna go fast. 🏎 And the treadmill is the easiest place to train for speed.
Remember how I signed up for a turkey trot? 🦃 Well…I kinda set a lofty goal of a 25 minute finish. Not impossible (I’ve done it before), but it’s going to take some serious work to get back to my old paces of early 2015.
So, while I had already gotten out for my morning run, I dusted off the pair of sneakers that have been waiting patiently all summer in my desk drawer, and took them to the gym.
And. It. Was. Awesome.
I ran a whole bunch of sprint intervals at goal 5k pace. And while it did make me realize how much work is gonna be involved in the next 8 weeks – I also scored a 27:51 5k time. Which is a great baseline to work from.
So, the treadmill and I are gonna become frenemies again. Wish me luck!!
Ps…it is now 99 days to Disney! #letsgetgoofy