Friday, October 26


So, it's still really smoke-y around here. I went to the gym this morning to run, since there's no way I'm going to run outside, but got really, really bored on the treadmill. Usually I do intervals on the treadmill and then go lift weights, but I really wanted to just do a nice steady run today, but absolutely couldn't do it after about 2 miles... I kept bumping up the pace to make it more interesting and then, of course, couldn't go very far.

Hopefully, of course, the fires will go out soon and I will be back on the roads and paths. In the meantime, anyone have tricks for running inside?


Blogger MS said...

iPod and more iPod, coupled with some wishful thinking to pretend you were outdoors?

Last winter after the big ice storm here I ended up running a few weeks of marathon training on a treadmill, because there was so much debris/tree limbs/misc crap in the street that my usual routes weren't that safe (or impassable in a few places). I remember wanting to die from boredom on my long runs, even with a TV and iPod.

On the other hand, I recall reading about some woman who qualified for the US marathon Olympic team who did most of her training on a treadmill. So I guess it can be done.

October 26, 2007 3:05 PM  
Blogger Jim Evans said...

The added technology gives you an opportunity learn more about your body and how it responds to various stress levels.
Focus on the inner physical you.

Sometimes I use the treadmill during foul weather to mentally rerun a former run or race. I can run the carriage paths of Acadia without buying a plane ticket.

October 26, 2007 7:34 PM  
Blogger bl said...

In addition to doing steady intervals, I recommend doing irregular sprints on the treadmill.

Pump it up to a 6 minute mile pace and see how long you can last. Then go back down to a normal pace after a minute or so. That really helped with my fitness before I earned my current 5K pr.

Also, run wicked inclines of like 8 percent or higher and see how long you can maintain that. You really have to slow down for the steep incline, but you can get a killer workout really, really fast.

October 26, 2007 10:26 PM  
Blogger KWK said...

Step 1) While you are still inside and away from the smoke, put on your cold weather running gear.

Step 2) Come visit me.

October 27, 2007 3:46 PM  
Blogger R said...

Thanks for the ideas!

I like the idea of mentally rerunning old routes... and of messing with the numbers, the speed and the incline.

I had been learning a lot more about my heart rate. I'd known it was 54 resting, but it's 75 after walking to the gym, 130 while running. I'm probably not running hard enough. I don't actually know what my heart rate ought to be.

Don't have an ipod... and despite how nice it sounds, given how prone I am to ear infections, I just can't quite make myself get one... Yet.

And KWK, I deserved that. :)

sigh... it sounds like it would be hard to do regular training runs on a treadmill--intervals and hills it is. It wasn't too smokish today, though... Our fire is the least contained of all the southland's fires right now, though... everyone else's was 97% contained, ours is 65%. As long as the desert doesn't get another high pressure system, though, we should be okay now.

October 29, 2007 1:27 AM  

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