Sunday, June 06, 2010
For those who don't already know I've been doing all my training on the treadmill. Even the last time I graduated the program I never hit the road for fear that I wouldn't live up to my OWN expectations...I tend to be a little goal oriented!
I laced up my trainers, ready to hit the treadmill and glanced out the window as I often do at the 1 mile road directly across the street. Something just told me that I needed to go out there and hit the pavement! I paced, contemplated, paced some more, jotted the intervals in ink on the top of my hand, and paced a little more... anxiety even overcame me at one point!
I've heard so many times that running on the road is so much harder than the treadmill and have let that fear of not being able to accomplish the same time/speed keep me locked in the basement! Even though I've always set the treadmill to a 2% incline, I still fear even that wouldn't be enough to compensate!
Finally after seeing my panic DH said "I'll go with you"... Oh no, now what was I gonna do, I had no way out...it was now or never! To be quite honest a little more fear hit because he's 6'4" and while he doesn't exercise or train I know that his pace is much faster than mine! So I sucked it up and off we went! I had my HRM strapped on, intervals written out, but no way to know what my pace was. Here's what happened with that run!
5 min W/U walk, 90 sec run, 90 sec walk 3 min run, 3 min walk repeat intervals! 1.94 miles in 22:52! Avg HR 148, Max HR 169, 199 Calories burned! At one point during the 3 min run I said "I can't do this" and DH pushed me through, I found that I was gasping for air much more than I do on the treadmill, but yet my legs felt much stronger!
I was a little disappointed when I got back to the house....why was breathing so much harder? Can you say Mind over Matter, yep I know that was it!
I couldn't just leave it at that... I had to know exactly how this run compared to my normal training, so hit the treadmill and did the same exact thing using the pace that I generally do.
Here's what happened with that one 5 min W/U walk, 90 sec run/90 sec walk/3 min run/3 min walk, repeat intervals using 4.0 w/u, 6.0 runs, 4.0 walks! 1.808 miles in 22:52! Avg HR 150, Max HR 167, 203 Calories burned. Even being this was the second training of the day I wasn't as out of breath during this treadmill training...matter of fact after I collected all the comparison data I added an additional 5 min run interval in prep for W4 training!
Obviously based on all this comparison info the Road Run was a bit faster, HR stayed pretty close to the same avg and max which just confirms for me that catching my breath on the road really was a mind game from fear! I'm glad that I took the leap and tackled the fear...DH says the next training day is gonna be a Road Run too, I'm not so sure about that one though!