Since the thermometer’s mercury is rising – I decided to stay inside yesterday and use the treadmill. I suppose it was easier to breathe, but it was STILL hot. Oh.. And BORING. (<– Notice the capital letters? it was THAT boring) It seems my intense dislike of treadmills has not changed at all. Some gyms I have belonged to in the past, have had a television in front of the treadmill (you use a radio for the sound.) The YMCA does not have these modern technologic marvels in front of the treadmills. On a good note though, the YMCA’s treadmills don’t have a “virtual track” to watch go round and round and round like my treadmill at home.. I think that may be a good thing as it’s reminiscent of a train wreck, you spend your whole run staring at this red dot going in a circle and can’t look away. This does NOT make an already boring run more enjoyable. (I did have a guy staring at my feet for a mile or so of my run – we talked about the difference in gait, and the comfort of the Vibram Five Fingers after my run.)
I did complete my training plan’s four miles in 30 minutes (8 mph.) The base of my calf muscle (Achilles tendon?) was quite sore on my left leg – apparently picking up the speed stresses the muscles a bit more than a nice leisurely stroll does. I am going to roll back the speed on today’s (thought it might be tomorrow’s) run and take it easy to give my Achilles‘ a chance to heal up as well as dealing with the high temperature.
I have also been (and will continue to) stretching it out. The scheduled 9 miles this weekend is going to be a nice slow one as well.
Looking ahead, I am planning on some lap-swimming as well on Saturday. It’s a blast to go to the pool and see how the kids anti-drowning classes are coming along.
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