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The Mile Challenge…

And then I did this…

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I realized that after I did that mile challenge at the bootcamp last year, I never attempted to run a mile, and just a mile, again.

Granted, last year I was in between two marathons, so not only I was much more fit, but I was also taking it easy and not killing myself as I had a training run left that night.

But I got my fastest mile to date:  8:43.

So I hopped on the treadmill with one goal:  to run a mile at less than a 9 min/mile pace. 

And as you can see, I achieved this! 

Granted, it’s not the same as the mile challenge, when I had no Garmin with me, was running by feel, had a slight uphill at the first tenth of the mile, and it was all on roads/sidewalks, first thing in the morning. 

This time, I set the pace on the treadmill so it did the work for me.  I set the elevation at a 0.5 incline so at least it was something, and I admit that at the halfway mark I stopped the damn thing, had a sip of water in the kitchen, blew my nose in the bathroom, then hopped back on.  It wasn’t more than a 1 or 2 minute break, but a break nonetheless (but I was considering quitting the whole thing all together, so a break it was).

Yes, it felt a lot harder than the mile I ran last year, since here I am dragging 20 extra pounds around, and my long runs consist of 3 miles, not 20.  So I’m proud of myself nonetheless, and hope to attempt a mile challenge once a week or two – see where it takes me.

After all, I can’t run faster if I don’t run faster, right?

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And not all runs will be easy runs…

And that’s ok.

But it’s a hard lesson to learn, no?

After getting so excited about an easy 3 miler (an accomplishment around these parts lately), yesterday I hesitated hopping on the treadmill.  Part of me was scared that it wouldn’t be easy again.  Plus my left hip has been bugging me since yesterday’s run (for those of you counting, that’s a new pain – my right hip is the one I had problems with this year).

Eventually I sucked it up and got started.  And I was right, it wasn’t easy.  Not only it was hard, but I started having odd pains on my foot.  My left foot, that battles plantar fasciitis on and off (if only I kept up with the PT and stretching, no?) was not cooperating.  Not PF this time, but shooting pain up the foot.  WTF!  (But maybe it’s bruised from the 4 massages I had in one week period?  Highly likely.)

So after a mile I figured there’s no point injuring myself.   I’m so paranoid about injuries that I rather take it easy than push it through.

I changed the pace to a brisk walk instead, and the pain went away, I still ran a bit here and there once it stopped hurting, but I had already lost my running mojo.  I finished with a barefoot half-mile walk with a little bit of running thrown in there, completing a 5k with a 12:47 pace at the end.  Slow?  YES!!!  But slow is better than nothing.  And though I still see walking as defeat, it’s still better than sitting my ass on the couch.

Hard runs are confidence killers, but I have to remind myself that even after amazing double digit runs on weekends when I was training for marathons last year, sometimes I would have a crappy 3 mile run home from work and had to walk most of it.  So just because I had a bad run, doesn’t mean it’s all lost.

Tomorrow I’ll try again.

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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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Do you train on a treadmill?

So I’ve made my hate for the treadmill pretty obvious here, even though most of my runs lately have been on the treadmill (yay for convenience/not smelling car fumes/not having to cross streets every 2 minutes/not dealing with crowded sidewalks/having the AC on/not having to carry water/not having to deal with hot and humid weather outside).

Anyway, despite all of that, I still hate the treadmill.  4 miles or so has been my limit, I can never seem to get past that.

But Denise just posted how she ran a 20 miler on a treadmill.  No news there:  I know a lot of bloggers who train on treadmills, including for long runs, and have a friend who trained for a marathon exclusively on the treadmill (thanks to the Snowmageddon of 2010).  And I think they’re all nuts.

But Denise made a good point:  “Everyone thinks I’m nuts but I’m telling you, nothing builds mental toughness like a 20 miler on the treadmill!!”

Huh. 

When she puts it like that it makes total sense.  Of course, I’d pick the beautiful C&O Canal any day for my long runs, but it does a lot more for mental distraction than mental toughness.

For those of you who train on the treadmill do you also find that it helps with mental toughness more than training on roads/trails do?

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