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Tonight I headed to the gym to attempt a tempo run on the treadmill.  I half expected to need to bag it if my legs were hurting, but it ended up being fine.  I didn’t set the treadmill to an incline.  I know you are supposed to to simulate outdoor running, but I find sometimes that it really fatigues my legs.  I figured a tempo run was all the fatigue I needed for one day.

I ran 1 mile for a warm-up at about a 11:30 pace.  Intentionally keeping it slow.

Two tempo miles at a 10:00 minute pace.  The whole reason I went to the gym was so that the treadmill would force me to keep on pace.  I tried covering up the time/distance so I would just run and not obsess about how much longer I had to go, but that didn’t really work out.  Also… I paused the treadmill for about 45 seconds 1.5 miles into the tempo.  It was partly because I had Ron’s water bottle (he mixed water and an energy drink and I thought it was gross) and partly because I was struggling (mentally) to finish the two miles.  I wish I’d just powered through it, but those 45 seconds really rejuvenated me to finish the tempo.  So I’m going to call it mostly a win.

1 mile cool down at 11:30 pace and I was done with the treadmill.

I wanted to get some time on the stair climber, so I went to that section.  There was a bit of a wait while I stood there sweaty, but eventually a machine opened up.  I did 15 minutes and climbed (according to the machine) 100 floors.

Tomorrow is training day!  Its going to be a scramble to get from work to the gym and warmed up before the appointment.

I’m glad today was a pretty decent run!