Friday, June 5, 2009

Day 5 - Treadmill apologist

I really don't mind the treadmill.

There are people out there who hate it. In fact, most of the running bloggers I read treat is as a sometimes necessary evil at best, and a near worthless substitute for running at worst. It's funny, though - most of the runners I actually know seem to use it when it's called for, but otherwise generally prefer to run outside.

That's my take on it. I hit the treadmill a couple times a week, on days when I'm already at the gym. I take advantage of the fact that I can closely control my speed, and for myself to hold a certain speed for a specific time or distance. It's OK to zone out to music, the news on TV, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer - whatever's on. (This morning, unfortunately, it was Fox News (with terrible subtitling) or CNBC. Got a little bored with that...)

So, that's where I was this morning, doing a little "ladder" or "pyramid" run - a mile at 9:00 pace, one at 8:00, then 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00. My Garmin decided to pull a "lap data is full" and only recorded the first lap, though - although it did run through the whole session. Here's what the graph looks like:

I stopped at exactly five miles, and for record-keeping purposes, I'm going to call it 41 minutes. Good day 5.


SnowLeopard said...

Hey, there's nothing wrong with running on the treadmill! That's where I started out, and gradually found my way outside (which I do love better). I also love the tidy numbers and measurements- speed, distance, incline and calories. :)

(p.s. It says Day 6 in your post title...)

Turi Becker said...

Oops! Thanks...

Peter Lubbers said...

You're right, nothing wrong with the tread--especially good for getting used to a specific pace. For my 100K in Feb. I ran about 10M on the treadmill at least 4 times a week to get a good sense of the pace I had to run.