This morning I had planned to do a 6.0 miler on the Rail Trail, but Mother Nature had other plans for me. Yeah, waking up to 9*F and walking Bennie in those temps didn’t really thrill me – at all. When we got done with his walk, my face hurt, I don’t like it when my face hurts because it is cold.
It was at that point that I decided it was time for the season’s first treadmill run.
Even though it had “warmed-up” to 14*F when I got to Augusta, the older I get the less I enjoy, hell let’s be honest the less I want to run outside. There is just something about this getting older stuff that doesn’t like cold weather.
After a quick battery change out at ACAR, I drove over to Planet Fitness. They let me in to abuse one of their treadmills, which I sort of really appreciated – treadmills are part of my running, just not a favorite part. However, being able to run in shorts and t-shirt when it is frigid outside is a nice option to have.
So I got on the treadmill, but today instead of simply going away into the music, I continued to work on my Chi Running form focuses. It was harder to do and with the repetitive nature of running on the treadmill, I kept loosing my focus. When I would realize it I would attempt to get back to what I wanted to do.
I put the speed on 7.0 mph (around an 8:30 pace) and ran for 4.5 miles. I did get a few aches here and there but they would go away, well except one – the right foot doesn’t like the treadmill all that much and at that point was starting to get a little uncomfortable. Nothing serious it always does this when I first start running on the treadmill each year – I just have to get it toughened up a bit. I figured at that point I would stop at 5.0 miles.
So I decided to see how the old body held together at a bit faster pacing
- 4.5 – 7.1 mph
- 4.6 – 7.2 mph
- 4.7 – 7.5 mph
- 4.8 – 8.0 mph
- 4.9 – 9.0 mph
Actually, it felt pretty damn good, I even forgot about the right foot when I got to 8.0 mph and just ran. I do love to run fast (for me) and just wish the old body would hold together better so that I could do it a little more often.
Yeah, the indoor mode on my Garmin 230 was about .11 off per mile, so while the Garmin an Strava websites say on thing, the treadmill said 5.0 miles when I finished. I will go with the 5.0 miles as the official mileage.
Overall, for the first treadmill run of the season, it was pretty successful. I am not going to say it is better than running outside, but I will say it is better than running outside when it is 14*F or some other extreme weather event that seems to happen around here.
Treadmills are a tool in my running, not my first choice, but one that I use quite a bit during the winter in Maine. 🙂