Working on Speed – Without moving forward!


This week's Temperatures.. And that 97, is before humidity is taken into account. Heat index for today is 101-108!

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.

And it just KEEPS going up!

 

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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I run, because I am a runner. Having realized that I have always "been a runner" - even when I went years with out running, I am learning how it has integrated itself in all aspects of my life. When I started running in highschool, my perspective on life changed. Funny that I didn't realize how much it had affected it until just recently.

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2 comments on “Working on Speed – Without moving forward!
  1. Storme says:

    You sound like me! I woke up this morning debating if I was going to take it outside or hit the treadmill. Looks like itll be the treadmill. They’re calling for heat indexes up to 112 this week! *sigh* as much as I hate the treadmill for runs, I hate the heat and humidity that much more. Good call on the indoor run. Stay cool up there!

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