oh man, i have to spill the beans. I ran on the treadmill Tuesday night. i feel like i am a cheater or a bad person or a fake or something. not really but sort of… haha! no wonder I have procrastinated on writing about it.
Danny wrote a good article about running on the treadmill… you can look at it here. Good tips for those of you approacing bitter cold running seasons…
It was getting dark before I got out of the office, and the Y is right across the street, so I went there and ran on the treadmill. Because it is CRAZY busy after work (honestly, they have to man the sign-in board and for about 3 hours, have a full-time person calling out names of next-in-line for the exercise equipment!) I only ran for 30 minutes, since they have a time limit during peak hours. Understood why they have the rule, but man, it’s crazy. In the reflection of the glass, I could see people lurking around the sign-in board like vultures ready to drop for some carcasses.
I was a carcass when I finished: had planned to run outside, so I didn’t have the best clothes: cotton tank, long sleeve tech shirt and loose over pants. I was sweaty when I was done, and felt like I had run much farther/faster than I in fact had. 3 miles in 30 minutes… again, nothing if not consistent!
I focused on the following things on the treadmill:
- leaning. I had to stand a little farther back from the controls than I was used to from my previous treadmill experiences, but it was fine because the lean kept me from going off the back end (I started imagining those hilarious commercials when someone flies off the back of treadmill and gets spit onto the ground… I didn’t want to become one of those laughing stocks. Have you ever actually done that?) This is a funny little YouTube video some of you may have seen… good little laugh to pick up your day.
- arm swing down. a couple of times i caught my hands floating up near my shoulders, and i could watch in the reflection of the glass to make sure that my hands didn’t come above the reflection of the treadmill.
- quick cadence. I set the machine to do a ‘random’ course which meant some ‘hills’… but I tried to just keep the cadence the same the whole time, even with the little bit of hills. It’s hard to keep a good cadence when you’re at the gym next to 10 other treadmills and loud music. I thought I had about 85 but then actually counted and I was only at 77! that was alarming and enlightening!
- heels up! I could see in the reflection that I had pretty good little circles going around with my ankles and feet. that was very satisfying…
I was surprised at how sweaty I got: sure it’s being indoors and having too much clothing on, but I wonder if the treadmill running was that much more difficult for me because I felt like I had run closer to 45/60 minutes rather than 30. Something to work on if I go over there again, eh?
Didn’t have any aches and pains and I stretched decently well afterwards, so no tightness or soreness today or yesterday.