I have only ever been a member of one gym in my life. Lifetime Fitness in Kansas City. I always figured “animals live outside and don’t die – I won’t die either if I run outside” and that is mostly what I did. However, based on all of my friend’s Facebook status, the entire United States is having the storm of the millennia. Atlanta not wanting to miss out on all the fun decided to rain 2”. As hard core as I am, running in the pouring rain while it is 40 degrees out in a T-shirt and shorts didn’t seem like a good idea. Mom’s lessons: 1. Mother Nature: 0.
As it turns out, my hotel has a deal with a local Bally Fitness (good thing I found this out during December when I’ve been staying there since February). So, I went over there and cranked out my miles on their MUCH better treadmill. I found that treadmills suck MUCH more than I remember, staying hydrated is MUCH harder when all of the drinking fountains are broken, and a little old lady can walk 1 lap on the indoor 0.1 mile track right in front of my treadmill in 1:45 – rock on!
Yeah, I’m serious about the hydration. I woke up this morning almost feeling like I had a hangover. I even drank a TON when I got done!
6 miles – 5 at 7:15 tempo pace
I’m not sure that I can count the FULL 5 miles on this tempo run. After 2 miles in or about 15 minutes of actual running, I got a side stitch from HELL. I don’t think that I am exaggerating when I say that it felt like 37 little lawn gnomes were poking me with their little pointy hats. I am not sure if it was because of my lack of fluids – but I doubt that it was since I was so early into the run. So, I had to full on stop the treadmill and stretch / massage them out. Unfortunately, during that time, my breathing and HR got back to normal (both recover pretty quick).
Can I count all 5 miles at tempo? Maybe. But I have to think that most of the benefit of a tempo run is the compounding effect. So, maybe I’ll log this one as a tempo of 1.5 miles and another tempo of 3.5 miles. Details details.