5 Things I learned from tonight's run
Thursday, September 13, 2012
I was planning on a long run on the Wabash Heritage Trail when I got off early...but then it started sprinkling. I checked the weather channel, and it said T-storms possible...and Miss Kitty was hiding in the cupboards, which is always a sign that a storm is brewing.
So I waited for it to blow over. I waited until 8, but the storm never quite hit...it just kept sprinkling, on and off.
So I ran on the treadmill tonight. First time since I started running in June. And I have to say, I was shocked that I enjoyed running when I started this year. I had always hated running. And now I know why. I hate running on a treadmill.
I learned a lot, though. Now, the treadmill was much easier than my normal routes...I always choose routes with at least some curves and hills, to keep it interesting. And I will run laps at the apartment, but again, the laps are outdoors and on a slightly hilly and wooded trail.
1. I ran much faster. Even though I hated it, I averaged 11 min/mile flat.
2. I overheated fast. It's so funny, I've run outside in 90+ degree heat and never felt like my head was going to explode like it did on the treadmill. Was it the faster pace? Or the lack of breeze? Who knows, but I was HOT!!!
3. I didn't get my "second wind." I kept waiting to hit my stride, like I do when I run outside. It's usually about 5-7 minutes into the run when I feel warmed up and comfortable at my pace. This time, I never got comfortable at my pace. I didn't feel like I was a well-oiled machine, flying through the air and over the pavement, I always felt like I was working.
4. I chafed. I've had some minor chafing before, but my thighs have skid marks on them! So I know my thighs were rubbing together more. How great will it be when my thighs DON'T rub together?!?!
5. I ran differently. It wasn't until I was almost done before I noticed it. I had a very slight cramp in my calf, the balls of my feet were feeling a little more chafed than normal, but my knees still felt great...and I noticed that I was running on my toes. Well, technically the balls of my feet. What does that mean?! IS it better for my knees, or was it a fluke?
I made it 2.25 miles in 25 minutes. Not too shabby!! But I didn't have fun like I normally do. It might be good to work in a treadmill workout every now and then, but I'll need to figure something out for winter because I WON'T BE ABLE TO DO IT!! HATE the treadmill!!