Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Fun Times On the Suckmill
Last night's run was possibly one of the hardest runs I've done in a quite some time. I paid $8 for a day pass to the YMCA to torture myself on a treadmill in a dank room with nothing to look at.
I set my Garmin to record my HR but don't quite have the results yet. I would estimate based on looking at it that the first 4.2 miles was avg 170-172, the fast middle 5 miles was 185 and the last 2 miles was 177. Once I download I'll update.
I ran the 1st 4.3 miles at (according to the machine) a 8:27 pace. After I finished my conversation with a nice man who has kids that are married to people that I know, I kicked it into higher gear - the next 5 miles was done at 7:53. After that I dropped it back down to 8:27, then after almost dying there, I dropped it down again to about 9:00. I did this until I hit 11 miles. I was supposed to go 12 but I honestly couldn't stand it anymore. I had to stop. I kept thinking "just pull out that last mile; do it for the internet!" but I wasn't strong enough.
Miles = 11
Pace = 8:24
I still feel like I got my ass handed to me a little. Treadmills are not my favorite. The pace never really matches, it always feels harder, nothing is varied. It is boring!
I talked to a guy there that oversees a weekly group run and it turns out he became the next track coach at my high school after I graduated. He was excited to talk about running and I found it fascinating that there were people around here that were into that. The group run is tonight but I need to figure if my training plan fits into this. It might be fun to get out there, but it also might suck.
I came home and had dinner and almost passed out on the couch afterwards. I was so exhausted. I slept like a baby last night too.
I bought an awesome vintage running magazine at a thrift store yesterday that I am going to share with you soon. I love this type of stuff!