Monday, February 11, 2013
Prevailing wisdom says that you can run faster on a treadmill (tm) than outdoors because the belt helps your momentum. Thatís not true for me. Although I never raise the elevation, my cruising speed on the tm is always slower than on my carefully measured routes outside. Outdoors I have natural changes in elevation, banked curves and different surfaces to contend with. So itís reasonable to conclude that I should be faster on the tm.
I donít hate the tm (up to 1 hour anyway) and have never called it the ďdreadmill,Ē but thereís something about the earth moving beneath my feet that slows me down.
Then there the mental aspect and running is indeed partly a mental activity.
Since I donít wear a GPS, I really donít know how fast Iím going outside until I hit a marker of sorts on a familiar route. On the tm I know exactly what speed Iíve set it at and my mind thinks ďOh, this is fast. This is going to be hard. Iím going to be tired now.Ē
I have a similar reaction when singing. In choral groups Iím a 2nd soprano which means to me, that if the notes go above the top line of the staff, I shut up. Yet, my daughter, the musician/singer with perfect pitch tells me that without music in front of me, I can sing higher.
In both cases itís a mental thing. If I donít know for sure how fast Iím running or how high Iím singing, Iím able to do it.
Mind games. We all play them. Iíve got to learn to play them for my own benefit.