Here's a first: Ran on the treadmill today.
On a Friday evening, all the wild ones in my complex are out being wild -- so there was space on the treadmills for me.
Last time I did the treadmill was late October, and I walked it -- fast -- at full incline in order to get my heart rate up.
Running on it instead was interesting.
Here's what I learned:
1) I can't trust technology. Either my friend's Garmin is off or the Procor treadmill is. Because, in an hour, the treadmill said I ran only 4.5 miles. Usually, in 65 minutes, I do six miles, according to the Garmin measurement -- six laps of .88 miles and two laps of .38 of a mile. I felt like I was working much harder on the treadmill when I set my mileage to anything over 5mph.
2) The treadmill was harder on my knees.
3) Even though I'm happy with my current chest-binding system, it has not eliminated visible bounce, even though it has eliminated bouncing that causes pain. I could tell this from the reflecting window helpfully right in front of the treadmill.
4) After that oh-so-pleasant discovery, I then happily realized I didn't need to wear my glasses on the treadmill. There's a helpful little ledge where they can go. I didn't have to keep pushing them up. Or getting too good a view of myself.
5) My heart rate stays in the 150s when I'm running.
6) It took three minutes to lower the rate from 158 to 130, which doesn't seem too good. At the same time, I don't even want to think about what that would've been a year ago -- or, worse, two years ago.
7) With the treadmill forcing me to keep going, music became less important. When I'm on my own, something aggressive and bass-dominant really helps. On the treadmill, I could listen to mellower stuff and it didn't seem to slow me down.
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