So, that's another of the goals I have on my SparkPage taken care of.
I'm not sure why, but tonight I decided that I'd go on the treadmill and just NOT STOP. Or, well. Not for a while, anyway.
The gym was deserted tonight. I went later than usual - I normally go around 3pm, 3.30pm-ish, and tonight I went at 7.15pm to see what the after-work hours were like. I was told that it's normally always deserted on a Friday night, because it's FRIDAY and people are either getting ready for a night out, or just don't want to work out.
So when I arrived at the gym, it was just the gym instructor and two girls who were getting ready to pack up and leave. I put on my iPod, hopped on a treadmill, and set off. 10% incline, 3.2km/h, 5 minutes. 5% incline, 3.2km/h, 5 minutes. Then I set it at a 0% incline, upped the speed to 4km/h, put a towel over the dashboard, focused on the RPE poster on the wall, and the next time I looked at the timer, it was at 18min 45s.
I thought, if I've made it to 18m 45s, I can make it to 20m. If I can make it to 20min, I can make it to 25min.
I made it to the 25 minute mark, took the towel off the dashboard, and switched the reading to "distance". Now, I was pretty sure that a mile was around about 1.67km (just checking my widget, it's actually 1.61km) and so beyond making it to 30 minutes, I wanted to make sure that I'd also walked more than a mile.
When I got to 30 minutes (with sweat dripping from my hair and my face and I think the treadmill was starting to wheeze) the distance read 1.81km. Which is 1.21 miles. Which I'm totally thrilled about.
It means that I can tick that "manage 30 minutes on the treadmill" goal off, and a lot earlier than I originally thought. It was only at the start of March that I managed to survive for 15 minutes on the treadmill in one go. Now I've managed 30.
Doesn't mean I'll be doing it again any time soon in the gym, but that's the first time I've walked a mile in... well. Probably last year when I was in Florida? When we were in the Epcot Centre, walking around the World Lake. But of course, we got to take breaks then. This was 1.21 miles without stopping.
And without dying.
(Once I was through with the treadmill, I then went and did my armbike, and then I went and cycled 6.75km on the stationary bike. I'm probably going to be sore tomorrow, but it'll be worth it, I hope. I'm hoping for a big loss this week on the scale!)
I'm pretty darn proud of myself right now.