|Beat the clock|
Today’s run (treadmill): 3.1 miles
That annoying thing called a schedule forced me onto the treadmill this morning. I lost track of time and realized that I wouldn’t have enough time to do an outside run and still make my first appointment. My only hope was to get it all done in less than 30 minutes. Since I’ve “retired”, I’ve made three miles the minimum distance for my weekday runs. If I was to meet that rule today, I would have to run fast.
I hit the start button and set my speed a full MPH higher than usual. Surprisingly enough, that pace seemed sustainable and I looked at my HRM for guidance, in terms of how far to push. I don’t really trust the treadmill display’s accuracy, so I mostly go by perceived effort. When I run a 9:20 pace on the treadmill, it feels like 9:00. I really should put a new battery in my Garmin foot pod to compare speeds and see whether there really is such a margin of error.
I watched the clock as I nudged against my critical time window. I knew I needed to meet or beat 28 minutes to get in a full 5K distance. When I got to the 20 minute mark I punched my speed up to 7.1 MPH and rode that pace until I’d reached 3.1 miles. My heart rate was at around 88% of max by the time I finished, and I was about as sweat-soaked as a person could be when I turned off the machine.
I quickly toweled off and drank a big glass of water before changing into dry clothes. I was fortunate that this wasn’t going to be one of those Skype conference calls that would have required me to look more presentable. I did let the time get away from me this morning, but running hard got me back on schedule. I’ve been wanting to do some speed work lately, but haven’t been motivated to do it. Sometimes motivation comes in unexpected ways.