Out of my last five workouts the best one was tonight on the treadmill. That has been the case often lately and I am not sure why. My two outdoor workouts this weekend were fine - one was a 10 miler which is always an accomplishment and the other was 6. It wasn't too cold and they were good runs just not special. Monday's treadmill workout was a bit harder. Tuesday's swim was one of those where I doubted my ability to do a triathlon and wondered who I am trying to kid. I am really counting on my swimming lessons beginning this Saturday to help. Although I am also worried because if I come away not thinking they are, then what?
But today's treadmill run - pure awesomeness all the way!
What makes it work when it is really an incredibly boring activity for this runner who bases so much around finding scenic spots to run (and bike?) First the music. My playlist today was a good one - one of Genius's selection with Give A Little More - Maroon Five being the starting song. Another thing that makes the difference in a good workout is my energy level. I can generally tell almost immediately if it is going to be a high energy day or one to get through. Today's started out great and never changed. I generally just run 4 miles on the treadmill. That's enough for me. But I won't be running this Saturday (swimming lesson and I don't want to be worrying about fitting anything else in) so I wanted to do one longer run on the treadmill if I could. I was planning to go for five.............but................with no great effort I went 6. Another thing that works for me is to start at a lowish pace and increase the pace with every song. I go up for seven songs and then start coming back down. Monday when the energy was less I allowed myself to start back down after 4 songs. I don't do this often but I like having the "out." Usually 10 songs is about what I need for 4 miles. I can't look at the distance covered until I have gone at least 7 songs. Tonight I didn't look until I had gone 13 songs at which point I had gone 5 miles and knew I would keep going for 6. Do I sound anal? Yeah, I know I do but that's me and IT WORKS! I do let myself have walk breaks sometimes (not today). I can do that after 7 songs but have to finish the next tenth and one more tenth before I take the walk break for two tenths. Anal anal anal but it gets me through those miles.
Why do I run outside in any temperatures - truly - on the weekend but go to the gym during the week? There are really two reasons - I don't like to run in the dark and pretty much don't. I don't mind the cold very much first thing in the morning. I just get up and go outside and run without thinking about it. But as the day goes on my mind wraps itself around how cold it is and it just seems horrible horrible outdoors. Weird I know.
But as long as I am getting my workouts in in a way that works for me.............life is good.
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