Today’s gym session can be summarised in the picture above: I just stayed on the treadmill the whole time.
I warmed up first, walking at speed for one kilometre, and then I restarted the machine so that I could get an accurate time for a 10k distance.
I have said it before: I don’t like running on treadmills. Outside running is my preferred activity. For some reason, I also have this notion in my head that I’m more injury prone on a treadmill – I don’t know why. But it also just feels like I’m not getting the value out of my gym membership if I just do something I could have done more enjoyably outside. (All this is just so I can be a reliable gym buddy without giving up on my running.)
This isn’t the first time I’ve considered this, and I actually read an article from Runner’s World before that states the following:
Watch your step. While the cushioned surface helps prevent injuries, some people report aches and pains after putting extra time on the ’mill. Be sure to run at a pace you can comfortably sustain. As you tire, lower your speed or the incline.¹
That bit about aches and pains pretty much sums me up today. Admittedly they are only niggles, but I am very, very paranoid about injuries after hearing a horror story an ex-runner from work told me about screwing up their knees.
The one thing that I did enjoy though, was using the display to regulate my run. For instance, that part to the right that tells you your speed in km per hour is ideal for trying to time a 10k or 5k. As I don’t own a Garmin or a Fitbit, this helps me get a feel for the kind of pace I need to maintain to achieve my goals in events.
However, it took me way too long to work out what speed I needed to go at to run 10k in an hour. I was doing all these calculations in my head before I realised that I just needed to go at…
(Oh well, I’ve never professed to be intelligent in any of my posts. If you assumed that, then you have assumed wrong!)