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!