Like a pilot running through her pre-flight checklist, I mentally tick off the things I need to do to ensure this run will not end up like an episode of Air Crash Investigation, where my poor broken body plays the role of the plane fuselage and the treadmill the mountain into which I crash. (See week 7 run 1).
Set music? Check ✔
Set watch timer? Check ✔
Ankle support on? Check ✔
Enthusiasm level? Idle ✔
Emergency oxygen activated? Check ✔
Set ascent: 1%? Check ✔
Set speed: 7km? Check ✔
The point of no return.
Alanis Morissette's You Oughta Know and Nirvana's ...Teen Spirit start things off at a pretty feisty level 10. My fist pumping and high kicks are tempered by the arrival of a couple of New Order songs, and I calm down and settle for the occasional jazz hands to celebrate the fact I am alive and running. 👐 I'm on a trip down memory lane with New Order, 18 again and clubbing until 5am. Where has that lass gone? My bedtime now is 9.30pm 😴
The treadmill is a strange beast... I feel a little bored after the strong start. Did I peak too early? I fiddle with the controls and increase the speed and incline of ascent. Then decrease them. Then increase them again. I'm like an annoying wannabe pilot who won't accept she's on a treadmill, not a flight deck. I look around the gym for some entertainment, a diversion, a ninja runner, anything... But there is no entertainment in this subterranean hellhole where natural light and air do not exist. Even the televisions are all in Chinese so no point tuning in to them. I think fondly of the park.
But it turns out to be a cracking run! My heart rate hovers in the fat burning zone instead of flatlining in the cardiac zone as it does in the humidity outside. With less than 5 minutes to go, Paul Kelly's Sweet Guy sees me out. My knees are aching a bit which they never do outside. I think I'm overstriding on the treadmill compared to what I am used to doing. It's harder to let my feet land below my hips; my sense of proprioception is skewed with the earth moving below me. Need to work on that. I'll be inside for another four months or so now 😥