The one thing I can’t complain about this week is the fact that I was able to log in some decent mileage despite the crazy heat outside, the thunderstorms and the lighting. I just had to move my running indoors. I hit the treadmill for almost every single run this week. Yes, so far September and October have been far hotter and more humid than July and August here in South Florida.
Just like every other runner I don’t like too much treadmill running. Running outside is so much more enjoyable, relaxing and rejuvenating. It’s amazing how how much we take in our scenery and let us inspire and rejuvenate us while we’re on the run.
Treadmill running is so much more a mental workout than an outdoor run.
In our house I can only set a specific time in the day aside for a run and if I miss that window my run just isn’t happening. Jim is super helpful and supportive of my running, I really can’t complain but if I miss my 60-90 minute “me time” that run just won’t happen, just because he has to go to work and somebody needs to watch of the kids.
I can’t tell you how many times in the last few weeks I have laced up my running shoes, headed to the front door only to be greeted by dark oncoming clouds and thunder. So these last few days I don’t even take my chances anymore. If it’s hot, humid and cloudy I don’t even give it a try. I got stuck in heavy downpour the last few weeks while on the run way too many times.
What I do like about treadmill running is that I tend to work a bit harder while running on a blet. When I’m running outside a lot of times I’m running an even straight comfortable pace, from beginning to end, but when I run on the belt I’m pushing my pace so much more. It’s almost like I’m running against the belt and I try not to let it beat me.
Another thing is that I get to work on hills. While everything is flat lands around me, hill work on the treadmill feels like such a blessing.
Did you ever notice the people that need to run right immediate next to you, even though all other treadmills are available? Isn’t it so annoying when they need to show you how fast they can run for 0.5 miles?
Another thing this week was that Jim and me came down with a bad stomach bug. No fun. It left me super weak the last 2 days. That’s why my log was published a bit late. I was barely able to sit up straight. Hopefully it will pass in a few days.
Since I have been back at the gym regularly for running I have started foam rolling EVERY.SINGLE.TIME after EACH RUN and I just love how smooth my muscles feel. I don’t have a foam roller at home because my kids turn into a dangerous weapon – yeah… so no more of that… at least for a little while.
Anyway, here is how my week went:
Monday: 6 treadmill miles
Tuesday: No Running
Wednesday: 6 miles on the treadmill, plus 1000 m rowing and ab work
Thursday: No Running
Friday: 6 miles plus 1000m rowing
Saturday: 3 miles outside my neighborhood
Sunday: back at the gym for 6 miles
Can you tell I like running 6 milers?
How as your week?