Even though the sun was shining out it still was a brutal 22 degrees. I have ran a lot of miles in conditions like this. Today was not one of those days.
I just didn't feel like it.
I packed up the gym bag and headed to Genysis.
I really didn't even feel like running at all.
I argued with myself on the perfect number of miles to run.
Then I argued with myself about where I should run the run that I didn't really want to run.
I even considered ditching the whole idea of running and doing a spin class.
As I pulled into the parking lot there still was not a plan.
As I walked into the women's locker room I decided "NO" to the spin class.
As I walked out of the locker room I decided to hit the Dreadmill for 3 miles. (I was having so much fun 3 miles turned into over 5!)
I am still sore but mostly from my workout on Monday. I have decide to put a sleeping bag in the hurt locker and try to push myself a little more for Boston next year.
TREADMILL not DREADMILL!!
I know many of you may think that the TM is a form of self punishment. Well part of that is right. It was originally created as a form of punishment!
An English civil engineer, Sir William Cubitt, designed the first treadmill in 1818 with a dual purpose: it was designed as a way to discipline prisoners while at the same time generating power for grinding corn and pumping water.
It wasn't for over 100 years later in the 1960s the treadmill was transformed into the hamster wheel some of us love and some of us hate!
The most I have ever ran on the treadmill was 16 miles. We had a terrible ice storm making running outside not a healthy option. But thankfully there was a marathon of Walking Dead that lasted my entire run!
We always have options. I love running outside but I am not a snob about "ONLY RUNNING OUTSIDE". Good for you if you want to run in 20 degree weather with 30 MPH wind gusts slipping on ice and running through 10 feet of snow. After 2 knee surgeries, I don't challenge mother nature in her elements.
The treadmill offers other ways to get a great run, good miles and a killer sweat without flirting with injury.
My Favorite Treadmill Workout:
Here is the basic version:
- 45 seconds at 5 percent grade (don't change speed)
- 45 seconds at 6 percent grade (don't change speed)
- 30 seconds at 7 percent grade (don't change speed)
- 1 minute rest interval at 2 percent grade (remain at your aerobic pace; don't go down to a softer speed)
- Repeat 5-8 more times
- Run for 20 seconds with good balance, symmetry and control; it's not a flat out sprint.
- Jump off belt and straddle the treadmill for 20 seconds
- Jump back on for 20 seconds
- Repeat this sequence 8-12 times
- Set 1 (modification): 6x1 minute on hills from 5- to 7-percent grades. Effort should be moderately hard to hard at the end. Include a rest interval of 1 minute between each round.
- Set 2: Same leg turnover set at 8x20 seconds
"4 CORNERS" TREADMILL WORKOUT
The above picture is part of my run routine I like to use for balance and strength. I call it "4 Corners"
I usually go for about 20-30 minutes starting out with an easy walk/light jog for 5-10 minutes.
- 2% incline unless you are comfortable to go more. ( I gradually increase mine up to 4%)
- Speed: at a fast walk/easy jog (I do 4-4.5)
- 1 minute forward.
- 1 minute Right Side almost like squats.
- 1 minute Backwards
- 1 minute Left Side
- Hold rails till you get comfortable.
To add a little extra to this TM routine I will pick up the speed and do 4 corners for 5 SECONDS on each side. After about 5 minutes of turning clockwise I will do 4 Corners counterclockwise for another 5 minutes. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The treadmill offers a lot of options to prevent yourself from feeling like a hamster.
- Do an interval workout
- Grab your favorite magazine, preferable a running magazine to keep you motivated. Or maybe a picture of you in your bathing suit to REALLY motivate you!
- Compete with the person next to you on the TM! (I have had this happen to me more than once!)
- Add TM to a circuit work out. EX. ABS for 5 minutes, Jump rope for 5 minutes, Weights, High intensity TM for 5 minutes. Repeat.
- Squats and lunges are great on the TM. Keep your speed very low. 1-1.5.
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