Just as I reached the gym I realised I'd left my phone at home. I need my phone to run because I use the Nike+ Running app to track distance (the reading is always different from the treadmill) and play my music - I hate the music at the gym. So I decided to just run for 10 minutes to get my heart rate up and then do weights.
The first 5 minutes were tough as usual, but after running for 10 I thought this wasn't so bad and I could just do the whole 30 without my music. So I restarted the treadmill and ran on, and I have to say I loved it! The gym was packed and noisy so I could barely hear the music (thankfully), so I was running without anything to help me keep pace. Sure, the actual treadmill does that, but I rely heavily on the tempo of the music to keep me going at a certain pace too. Today I was varying the speed based only on my breathing, not musical cues, and when I started to get a little bored at 22 minutes I upped the incline and added "hills" for the first time!
So I don't know far I ran (didn't keep track of the first 10 minutes before restarting the treadmill), what my average pace was etc, and I realised I don't care! I ran for 30 minutes (hence the "almost" naked - treadmill timer), and that's the important part. I'd been getting bogged down with the numbers and being disappointed if my distance/pace wasn't getting better. Must remind myself I'm a new graduate and those improvements will come with time. Right now all I need to do is run.
Have a good weekend, fellow runners!