I posted earlier in the week that due to work and location, I was unable to do my running on the road (nowhere safe basically). So rather than miss out, I took advantage of the small gym at my hotel and used the treadmill.
The first session was far too easy. I ran for 45 minutes, got bored and got off. After much chat and reflection, I'm came to the conclusion I had not set up the treadmill correctly. So the next session, I set the gradient to 2.0, made sure the measuring was in metric and off I went. After 30 very sweaty, but not tiring 30 minutes I finish the session.
Come Saturday AM - weekly Parkrun. I'm off, I'm running but something just doesn't feel right. No, it's not pain, injury or anything like that, it's just a horrible feeling of not being properly prepared. The legs took a lot longer to get into rhythm, the breathing wasn't right and my pace was well off. Result, the first lap was an absolute nightmare.
Only once I am settled into the second 2.5k do I start to feel right. My pace picks up, my breathing is better, now I'm enjoying it. I even manage a little sprint to the end. Time for 5k, 00:30:24
Rightly or wrongly, I can only conclude that today's issues were down to poor preparation, that change in routine. I won't blame the treadmill, I know there are many brilliant runners who train regularly on the mill, but sadly, it is just not for me. So it's back to the tarmac Monday and hopefully back on track next Saturday . . . . .