I’ve been struggling with the treadmill lately. Many a time I’ve described my love/hate relationship with the treadmill. I hate to love it, love to hate it. With out it I would not have been able to train for the B & A Marathon, with out it I would not have pr’ed, with out it many a pregnancy run/walk would not be happening. The problem lies in the fact that the treadmill is really hard for me and can be at times quite discouraging.[pregnant and not pregnant]
I’ve almost resigned myself to the fact that when I attempt a treadmill run now it will be a run/walk, with hopefully more running than walking. I’m proud of myself not for the distance but the time spent doing the activity.
While running yesterday it occurred to me why I used to keep a very detailed training log. You learn from your past success’s and mistakes. Call it mommy brain, call it pregnancy brain, or maybe it’s just that at the ripe old age of 28 – I’m actually getting old. Whatever it is, I have short term memory loss. When I was training for the B & A Marathon this past winter, many many runs were at a 10 min pace. Yes I said 10 minute. Not because I wanted to run this slower than normal pace, but because that is all this girl could do on the treadmill. This coming from someone who ended up running a 3:21.
Why oh why did I not remember this? When I hop on the treadmill now, almost 22 weeks pregnant I just expect my slowed pace to be 10 minute miles. HELLO – that’s what you could do when you were in shape. Yesterday I tried a different approach.
I started the treadmill at 5.5 – ran a mile speeding it up to 6.0 or more at the end. Walked .25 of a mile and then ran another .75, repeating the .25 walk and the .75 run and finishing off with a .25 walk. 3.25 miles – run/walk. I ran way more of the run than I usually do and the time it took me was much shorter.
If I had kept a diligent training log this year, I would have known this and could have saved myself weeks and weeks of frustration with the treadmill.
As for what kind of log I use/like you might ask. A traditional paper log. You can pick one up for less than $15 at any specialty running store. I lay it out on my dresser and log in my runs when I’m finished with them. I’m all for technology but it’s way too many steps for me to log into my computer and enter this info. A paper training log can be taken on vacation, when your computer is best left at home. A paper training log can be enjoyed later like a book, as you look through all that you accomplished over a year.
I’m happy that I figured this out with a little less than 1/2 way to go in this pregnancy. Hopefully my treadmill running will either stay the same or improve, it was really getting me down thinking that it could go down from 3 miles run/walking.
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