... with the treadmill! Haha, maybe. I've never been much of a treadmill user. I've probably been on a treadmill less than 30 times in my life, and 20 of those times were to speed walk on an incline. Whether it was for wakling or running, though, I have never been a big fan. I always felt like my plantar fasciitis acted up more on a treadmill. It only took about 5 minutes before I was in too much pain to keep going.
To be fair, I've also never been able to run very far without significant pain until this spring when M and I began to run. So, I decided it was time to give it another try. I have to say, I might be in love. It started out rough: I picked a treadmill with a subpar view of the TV and didn't bring my iPod. After a 4-5 minute warm up at speed 5.5 (10:54 minute miles) I decided I needed a different treadmills. I found one right in front of ESPN and settled in to watch the ESPYs! I did another 6 minutes at 5.5 and then ramped it up to 6.0 (10 minute miles!). In my head, I thought, ok I'll do this for 1 mile and then slow back down again. But I was feeling GREAT - so I stuck at the 6.0 for 15 minutes and then ramped it up to 6.3 (9:31 min/miles)! I stayed there for about 5 minutes and then thought I would slow down to 6.0, but I accidentally pressed the big "STOP" button. Oops. I immediately started up again, and this time decided to push myself and went all the way up to 6.7 (8:57 min/miles). I could only maintain it for about 1 minute before I wanted to die, so I tamed it back down to 10:00 miles to finish out my run (about 4 more minutes). Not counting my 4-5 minute warm up on the other treadmill, I went 3 miles without stopping (well, without stopping on purpose.. whatever)!! Which means I actually RAN 3.4ish! I then pressed the 'cool down' button on the treadmill which did 3 one minute intervals at successively slower paces... first 4.5 (13:20) then 4.0 (15:00) and finally 3.5 (17:08). As I cooled down I realized that trying to walk on the treadmill actually makes my feet hurt more than running on it... not sure why.
We'll see how sore I am tomorrow, but right now I'm feeling AWESOME. I really needed a good run too - after my crappy run Monday and then being sick and not working out most of the week, I was really feeling down about my running ability. But now I'm a superstar - I averaged just over 10 minute miles for over THREE MILES. Which means even if I've missed a few runs in the past two weeks, fitness-wise I'm on track.
I'm hoping to squeeze in a run on Sunday morning before I head back home. After that I should be able to get back into the swing of things with both cooking and running... but for now I'm going to have some take out Thai food! YUM!