This winter I predict I'll be running on a treadmill quite frequently. It is just so much easier for everyone - have you ever tried to push a double jogger on packed snow and ice? Not an easy undertaking.
With the new year comes New Year Resolutions and as a result a busier, more hectic fitness center. The cardio machines are hot items and the staff has thereby started to use a sign-up sheet, limiting ones use to 30 min. Fortunately, I generally go to the gym at a time when they aren't at capacity and I've pushed this to 35-40 minutes. My thought though is that if my training plan calls for a longer run, I'll play the game and hop off only to hop back on another if push comes to shove.
I haven't really started a new plan just yet... I basically took the entire month of December off for recovery and festivity. This week my goal is to get back into the swing of things so I wanted to cover at least 4 miles. I wanted a little variety to the treadmill workout today so I opted for a random program that incorporated some hill work (incline 0.0-3.0). I really tried to push the pace and maintained 8:41 for about 50% of the program. I stopped a couple of times to get a drink of water at the fountain and then resumed pace.
In the middle, there was a long stretch at 0.0 incline and it felt like I was running downhill so I increased the pace to 8:34. When I started to climb again, I slowed back to 8:41/8:49. When I was finished, however, the workout summary said I averaged 9:05. This seems a little strange because as I was actively running, I always had the mph set between 6.8 - 7.0. I didn't think the few times I stopped would effect the pace so much.
After the 30 min workout, I ran for another 5 minutes (which should have been a cool-down) but I really wanted to hit 4 miles, so I just kept going. As it was, the total distance was 3.88. I guess I'll just have to try harder. Run faster. Bring my own water so I don't have to get off the treadmill.