It's been very cold recently and it seems to have affected my running. I don't seem to be improving my times or distances lately when I go outside.
Today I decided to stay indoors on my treadmill and do half an hour or so. I put the incline on 2, did the 5 minute warm up walk and then ran at around 5.2 to 6 mph depending on what music was on.
I always cover up the clock so that I can't get disillusioned by the time passing so slowly, but I leave the calorie counter, incline and speed visible. It usually takes between 12 and 14 steps to burn a calorie when running so I burn something like seven to ten calories a minute.
So I ran for a while and wasn't feeling that great about it so I thought ok I'll run until the calories hit 400, that's probably about half an hour. Then the 400 went by and I still felt ok, two or three more songs, try to run for 500 calories.
Some of these songs seem to last forever! Ok carry on, hey why not aim for 600 calories now, it would be a shame to stop.
I sneaked a peek at the clock after a while and found that it was on about 45 minutes running time so I thought to myself, I might as well aim for the hour. I haven't run for more than forty minutes for a long time, my average these days is 32 -38 minutes.
I got close to 55 minutes and thought, wow I'm so close to the 10k it would be a shame to stop now, I will try to get there. But even running at 6 mph means I will have to do about one hour and ten minutes...
I knocked off the piece of paper that was covering the clock by mistake and so the time was staring me in the face. I find it much harder running when the time is showing. Another twenty minutes?? Sigh...
The distance said around 5.5 miles, I wasn't sure but thought 10k was about 6.38 miles and so aimed for that. Then I realised that this included the 5 minute warm up at speeds of 3.0 to 4.5 mph and I didn't know what distance I had covered before running.
Bah! So that meant I would have to run until the distance said at least 6.6 miles to make sure I wasn't finishing too early.
My right foot was feeling like it was rubbing a bit and would create a blister but I didn't want to stop, I was sooo close to the end.
I carried on and finally the running time was 67 minutes so I thought ok 3 more minutes and I can stop.
When I started the cool down walk the readout said 6.81 miles which is just over 10k. My foot was definitely getting a blister but I had finally done it. Total time after the cool down was 80 minutes, 920 calories and 7.20 miles.
I won't count this as a 10k proper run as it's much harder outside, I think it will take me a long time to get there pounding the pavements.
You people running half marathons? More than twice what I've just done? Respect!
But I am happy that I ran for over an hour for the first time in ages.
Ouch hello blister Now where did I put those plasters...?