No more holding back
Yesterday it was a steamy 89 degrees and sunny. Since I’m still not motivated to get up and run before work, I spent another session on the treadmill yesterday afternoon.
I realized, after warming up for 5 minutes and then jogging for a while at 5.0, that if I can run 9:30-10:00/miles outside, surely I can run faster than 12:00/mile on the treadmill. I think I always approach the treadmill afraid of doing that for some reason.
I pretty much stick to short runs on there but somehow I’m always afraid I’m going to tire out too quickly if I run fast. So yesterday I decided to test myself.
I did 0.25 mile laps, gradually increasing my speed on each one.
- Lap 1 – 5.0 mph
- Lap 2 – 5.3 mph
- Lap 3 – 5.6 mph
- Lap 4 – 5.9 mph
- Lap 5 – 6.2 mph
- Lap 6 – 6.5 mph
- Lap 7 – 6.8 mph
- Lap 8: Started at 7.1 (sprinted at 7.5 the last 0.12 miles)
I ended up finishing the 2 miles in 19:55 (9:58/mile) and even though I was sweaty, I was not the least bit tired. Even doing a whole lap at each of those high speeds was not too much for me. I was letting my head get in the way!
Even though I prefer to run outside, I can’t wait to use the treadmill for more speed workouts. Who knows, I might even be able to increase my speed on runs from now on?
I’m also happy to report that my arm is feeling much better. I must’ve just overdone it the last time I lifted weights. I will be more careful from now on!
Hope you all have a great weekend
p.s. I am running another 5k tomorrow