Thursday, February 10, 2011
It's winter, and I work long hours. That means that the bulk of my weekly runs are on the treadmill, because I leave home when it's dark outside and get home after dark in the evening. And I was getting to the point where I actually preferred the treadmill to a run outside. You're in a sad state, my friends, if you'd rather run on the treadmill than out in the fresh air - at least if the external temperature is over 35 degrees fahrenheit!
You may remember, too, that I want to get faster. Running the same treadmill run every week will maintain my fitness baseline, but I won't see any improvement. So, I did a little research and came across this little gem: Treadmill Effort Chart. And I realized that running on the treadmill without an incline is easier than running outside. I preferred the treadmill because it was easier than running outside - my innate lazy nature was coming out! I had to nip that in the bud.
So, for the last month I've been doing my treadmill runs on an incline for as long as I can stand it. I can hold a 3% incline at a 10:00 - 10:30 pace for 35 minutes now, and I expect to increase that to 45 minutes over the next month. It sucks. Massively. But I am getting stronger and more fit, and I hope I'll see some good results when I get back out on the road again this spring.
I have a half-marathon this weekend, but it's going to be cold so I don't think it will be a true test of my training. I think I'm going to have to wait until March or April to see if there's any benefit to all this incline running. I hope there is, because I'd hate to waste all this misery!