Two posts in one day! Well the first one should have been done yesterday but I enjoyed a couple of beers last night, so went to bed early.
Today is my Rest or Cross Training day which means I either do nothing or I do exercise other than running.
I decided on a cycle class at the gym and arrived 30 minutes before the class started and set up my bike then went downstairs to the treadmills. I haven’t used the treadmill for ages and thought I’d give it a go and try and compare it against running on the road.
I set it to 11 kph to start with ( that’s my 5:30 minute k pace) and ramped it up to 13 kph (about 4:35 minute k pace) after the first 2 k’s. The first thing I noticed was how hot I got and how quickly. No cool air and how boring! I ended up doing 4 k in 20:40 and sweating from head to toe and finished up feeling a little flat as it seemed so mechanical. There is no choice of route or slight deviations in speed or incline unless I constantly adjusted this manually.
The benefits of the treadmill as I see them are:
- You set and forget the time and pace
- It’s a flat surface
- It’s a safe environment
- It’s dry!
- You can have both earphones in (I only ever run with one in on the road)
- The views not bad sometimes. If you catch my drift!!
That said, I personally like the road, the fact that you can alternate the routes and mileage (kilometerage – why isn’t that a real word?) at will and I don’t have to drive to the gym to start my run. Each to their own – the road is my preference though. If I was female, I might have a totally different view in regards to personal safety at certain times of the evening.
The cycle class was full of intervals and was a hard, although it kept crossing my mind that I would pay for this workout with the intervals (5 x 400 sprints) I would be doing tomorrow.
Also found out yesterday that my mother in laws sister and her husband are also running in the Melbourne marathon – 10k, so at least I’ll have company before the race – not sure how I’d go with company for the whole 10k – I enjoy the loneliness of it in a strange sort of way!