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September 20, 2018

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Member Since:

Feb 08, 2015

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

Certified road course PR's:

Mile: 4:38.0 (Florida, May 2015)

5K: 15:51 (Florida, April 2017)

10K: 34:31 (Florida, Sept. 2015)

15K: 50:07 (Florida, Feb. 2017)

1/2 Marathon: 1:12:33 (Florida, Feb. 2017)

Marathon: 2:47:56 (FL, Nov. 2015)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Upcoming Races

None

Personal:

I started running in 2010 and have (mostly) kept it a habit ever since!  

Miles:This week: 14.00 Month: 121.55 Year: 1846.65
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.505.0011.50

AM: 5.1 miles with the group.

PM: 6ish miles total.  I did a treadmill workout- one I've been thinking about for a long time.My goal was simply to put the incline up, set the treadmill to 12.0mph- the max for the local treadmills, and then survive a 5k.  I was doing a workout at a gym where the group basically runs 23:00 minutes "for distance," so I used that as a motivation to not only knock out a goal, but see where I ended up.

Splits: 5:00, 5:00, 5:00, (finish) 0:32, recovery jog, 5:00

I think I did more than survive today.  I felt awesome rolling through mile one at 5:00.  Then by mile two I was through at 10:00 and I knew I had it for sure.  The question was only one of whether I would push it and see how far I could take it.  At mile three I was through at 15:00 and decided I'd hold the pace through the 5k and then to 3.2 just to be confident I nailed it since it takes a couple seconds for the tread to warm up.  I got through the 5k at 15:32 and immediately felt a sense of elation!  I didn't suffer.  I didn't have to reach too deep.  I didn't have to "go dark" or survive.  I could have absolutely sprinted harder at the end if the treadmill had a higher setting.  What a cool feeling!  I felt like I had defeated a video game/machine.  I added another 1.3 during the workout before the 23 minutes was up and then finished with a bunch of striders to get to 5 hard miles.

Treadmill 5k in 15:32!  I know they say treadmills are easier physically even with the incline, but heck, I'd take running outside any day over the mental fortitude needed to go so hard on the treadmill when you're just staring at yourself and the clock in front of you.

Comments
From Jason D on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 11:54:39 from 141.210.128.230

Nice workout. The treadmill is an odd beast. On the slower end of things (and I do mean slow), they actually seem to be harder. On the faster end, you aren't taking corners and going up and down, but as you point out are required to have a good deal of mental fortitude. For my money, it's a great training tool, especially when you set the pace and just try to hang on!

From Mike on Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 17:42:25 from 96.59.32.112

Yeah, I agree with all of what you said. I couldn't imagine doing/using the treadmill every day, I would have a lot of difficulty liking running at all.

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