I was super sore yesterday, but I thought that a short run on the treadmill might help flush some of the lactic acid out (it didn’t).
I was tired so the lack of sleep meant I wanted to sit on my ass much more than I wanted to run. But, I put on my running clothes and told myself I could suck it up for a mile.
Because though a mile is not a lot, it’s still a LOT better than nothing. I set up the treadmill at a super slow pace (12 min/mile which used to be my long run training pace), and no elevation (usually I put between 0.5 and 1 for runs), because I was hoping once I got started that I would go further than a mile, and didn’t want to burn myself out when I’m still trying to get back to the swing of things.
It turns out, once I started, I was feeling gooooood. That weird “this run feels awesome” feeling that I haven’t had in a long time. Heck, not since DC!
So one mile turned into two. At two, I realized I can turn this into a 5k, and once I was approaching the end line I even decided to sprint at a 6:40 pace for the last tenth of a mile (THE LONGEST TENTH OF A MILE EVER! Obviously, I was not made to be a sprinter!).
Was my finish time slow for a 5k pace? No doubt, but I have to restart somewhere, and this is the longest I’ve run (with no walking), since the 5k here in Manila two months ago (geez, time flies by…). I’m at the point where every little bit counts. It’s so hard to get back on track!
I even took a picture of the screen when I was finished (just ignore the stupid calorie count. Since the iFit thing doesn’t work, I can’t put a profile for myself, so I have no idea who they’re basing all those calories from. All I know is that I DO NOT burn 477 calories on 3 miles – I wish!).
At the end I was sweaty but happy (and can you tell I was still super tired and sleepy?)
Now for the embarrassing confession? I ran with music, and apparently listening to “Stop and Stare” by One Republic on repeat is what kept me going (WTF, I know!). (I did change the song for the sprint at the end though.) I guess the “I think I’m moving but I’m going nowhere” parts fits well with treadmill running?
Does this sound like the type of thing that keeps you running? I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I’ll take what I can get! (Luckily the music version doesn’t have all those random sounds on the intro like the video…)
One last note on how accomplished I feel with being able to run 3.1 miles on the treadmill? Even when my short runs consisted of 10 miles, I have NEVER been able to run more than 3 miles on the treadmill before giving up due to boredom. (I have, however, done run/walks longer than that, though not by much.) So a 5k, even if a slow one, is a big deal.
Now I just have to get my butt outside from some outdoor runs, which is what I truly love. It finally stopped raining today after days of wet and gloomy weather!