And that was EASY

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It’s been a while since I hopped on the treadmill and had an easy run.  Specially since coming back from Korea, where I got a nasty cold, I hadn’t done much in terms of running. 

Yes, I did try a few times last week, but was succumbed to walking after the first mile, and though I still managed to do a good 2-mile run out of the 3 total miles, it was not pretty.  NOT pretty.

Today, I hopped on, hoping to run the whole thing, but already used to the idea that I’m in even worse shape than I was a month ago.  I set the incline to 0.5 (my other runs I had put it at 1%, which could be the reason for me failing badly), and set the speed at a super-easy 5.1 (11:43 pace or so). 

My plan was to leave this run still knowing I could have done more.  I promised myself that I wouldn’t even sprint at the end (I usually do some 7:30 pace sprints so I can finish faster, but they also leave me completely dead at the end).

Last week, I started all the runs ambitious with an 11 min/mile pace, then by the time I reduced it to a 12 min/mile, no incline, it was already too late.  (I refuse to run below a 12 min/mile on the treadmill – I don’t want to be slower than my slowest pace ever!)  It’s hard to admit that I’m back in no-running shape again, but I can either beat myself over it, or move on and keep on running. 

Surprisingly, with the music pumping in my ears I had a good enjoyable run (yes, the treadmill is growing on me, who would’ve thought?).  It can even be called a *gasp* easy run.

Yes, I was still bored out of my mind by the time the 3 mile mark was approaching.  But I could have kept going.  I stopped at 3 – not only I had plans with a friend, but I also wanted it to stop while it was still good (you know, like Seinfeld). 

I wanted to remember this “feel good” moment so that tomorrow, I will jump right back up again! 

And I’m already looking forward to it…

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2 responses to “And that was EASY

  1. Yay for good runs!
    But why the hesitation over putting the treadmill to 12? Personally I believe in longer, slower (ahem, obviously I do!). You probably wouldn’t be on 12s for more than a week or two before you were back up there.

    And I feel you on the fitness loss. Sometimes I feel like I’m dwelling on my blood clots, but I gained ~30lbs and felt like I lost about 5 years of fitness.

    • Oh, no problem in putting at at 12 — that’s what I had to do it last week. I just won’t go below 12 (12-something) because I don’t like admitting I’m even slower than slow, and also because I know that at least for me, the treadmill is easier than outside (pace-wise).

      Tracy, you had a big fucking deal happen to you — mine, nothing! A healthy body, however I keep gaining weight? What is MY excuse? (Not saying yours is an excuse, just that you have a reason for it.)

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