Normally Wednesdays are my sunrise runs at the beach, but with the car being questionable I decided I didn't want to get stuck with a dead car at 6 in the morning, so decided to postpone my run. I wasn't quite sure what I would do, though, seeing as it was supposed to be my 6 mile tempo run and I didn't think I'd be able to keep pace around my house with all the hills. That's when I remembered I had to go into the office today for a meeting - PERFECT! One of the perks of our office is we can use the hotel gym in the building our office is attached to.
I figured I would do my tempo run on one of the treadmills. Sure, the scenery wouldn't be as great, but running on the treadmill would help to keep a consistent pace. I have to say, I was pretty nervous about it. First, I haven't been on one since Christmas at my parents house (which was a pretty rickety one) and second, I was slightly worried about the pace I had to run and really didn't want to fly off the back of it :)
Thankfully the pace didn't seem too terrible (it wasn't "easy", but I also wasn't huffing and puffing). I MUCH APPRECIATED that the treadmill told me that minute/ mile pace that the "speed" correlated with (again, treadmills are pretty foreign to me, so I wasn't sure if I was going to have to spend a while guessing and checking my speed and doing math in my head). I kept the pace at 8:00/mile for the first 5.75 miles and then sped it up for the last little bit.
It ended up taking me 47:50 to get in 6 miles AND I didn't fall off the treadmill - so TWO THUMBS UP. I DID have to mop up my sweat afterwards, since I made the treadmill pretty soggy, but I figured it was probably better than trying to run outside during the hottest part of the day...
I would definitely consider the treadmill a BIG success (especially with the apprehensions I had prior to doing). Now I'm not saying I will trade in my beach scenery for ESPN any time soon (of course I watch ESPN while running), but I am glad that I have OPTIONS!
Oh yeah, and just in case you forgot, (although my legs sure didn't), I still had to ride my bike home AFTER my treadmill tempo ride... That wasn't the easiest ride, for sure, but I made it!