Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Dreadmill Daze

After my toughie tempo sandwich run on Saturday morning I've enjoyed a relaxing couple of days of easy running to recover well and ready myself for tonight's quality session; long intervals. The pretty but pesky snow has disrupted my nice new training plans but the white stuff didn't get the better of this Runningbear. A shuffle around town last night saw me clock 8 miles in the blizzard that hit Ilkley at 8pm. Thankfully the absence of any cars on the roads left space for hazard free running. 
Tonight was a different matter with no option but to go indoors for some quality. The ice and snow have forced a return to Keighley leisure centre for a bit of dreadmill running. I can just about cope with intervals sessions indoors but remain unconvinced that the physical effort is anywhere near a match for a session on the track. The plan was for something long and taxing so 4 x 5 mins seemed a good start. The trick is to translate the pace; there's no let up once that dreadmill belt starts turning over and you need to get heart rate just right for maximum training benefits. 

I'm not sure I managed it tonight. Starting out at 5.40 pace,  the efforts all felt a bit too 'manageable'; no lung bursting or leg burning of note. I finished with an extra effort of 2 mins at 5.14 pace, in an attempt to end the session on a high note. Somehow the heart rate didn't seem to reach it's usual heights so I'm unsure the session achieved it's true purpose or if in fact I'd selected a dodgy dreadmill. But, a total of 10 miles running was a start at least and not to be sniffed at; it's definitely better than nowt and a sensible start to some quality running.

6 comments:

  1. It's that time of year when you need to start hammering nails into your trainers ;)

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  2. that's a great start! Great mental strength to get out there in the first place

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  3. RB - you can borrow my foot pod that would go with your 405 for indoor use. It's fairly accurate roughly 0.98 miles = 1 actual mile in it's current calibration (to my watch). I'm sure your (scary) stats are correct but it would put your mind at rest. Just let me know. Tricky

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  4. Hi Kate, yep, the dreadmill's driving me nuts. I'm getting desperate.

    Hi Andrew, thanks for calling by and thanks for the kind words. Just been to visit you - nice blog!

    Hi Tricky, ta very much ur very kind. That would be great, do you not need it? Am hoping I wont be stuck on the dreadmill for too much longer. Can't bear the idea of doing Sunday's 18 on it too. It's sooo dull.

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  5. I don't mind you using the foot pod for a while - we would need to rendezvous somewhere though. I could maybe arrange for you and M to come along to our gym for a free session - just had all the treadmills at the gym swapped for brand new ones - treadmill heaven. I'll look into it tomorrow as I've been working/away this weekend and let you know.
    Tricky

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  6. That would be fab Tricky. We're thinking of doing our intervals on the treadmill Tuesday night if that's doable? The snow and ice will still be settled on the track I reckon.

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