Mondays for me are typically one of the best days of the week. I work on the weekends and usually Monday is a nice break from work and classes that allows me to catch up on homework and studying
and Pinterest and blogging, and then I get to go to my “Yoga for Athletes” class in the evening. Today appears no different, and I started the day off by sleeping in until 6:30, and hitting the gym by 7 am. I planned for a long run today, because I have the day off, and due to a -29 windchill, I hit the treadmill for my miles.
This is what happens when you try and take pictures after running for a long time on the treadmill. This is how my legs and brain felt too.
I ran 12.0 miles in almost exactly 100 minutes. I didn’t even try to do this, it just happened… and really delighted the OCD inside of me.
2.0 miles warm-up @ 8:34 min/mile.
2.0 miles tempo @ 8:00 min/mile.
1.0 mile recovery @ 8:43 min/mile.
2.0 miles tempo @ 7:54 min/mile.
1.0 mile recovery @ 8:57 min/mile.
2.0 miles tempo @ 7:58 min/mile.
2.0 miles cool-down @ 8:38 min/mile.
My run, as all my treadmill runs do, happened at a 1.0% incline.
Apparently that 1.0% incline is a “running myth.” I disagree. Runner’s World just published an article today that talked about popular treadmill running myths and one of them was the 1.0% incline myth. It says that unless you are running about 8mph or faster, the incline really doesn’t need to be above zero.
Whether that is true or not, I think I will stick with my 1.0% incline runs because I feel it more accurately trains me for outdoor running. I think I would rather be trained to run faster than find out that I have to work a lot harder outdoors where a treadmill belt isn’t helping carry my motion. Plus, I like the feeling of doing a cool-down mile at 0% incline and feeling like I am running downhill.