On Saturday I woke up and my first thoughts were about going for a run! What has happened to me?! I didn't end up going as 1) it was a rest day, 2) W5R3 was looming and I didn't want to do anything to jeopardise getting through that and 3) I had to get myself ready to work a night shift. But the thought and urge were still there!
In a departure from the cold dark morning, running on the streets of Hampshire, the dreaded R3 took place on a treadmill in an un-airconditioned gym in Nigeria. It was my first treadmill session of the c25k programme and I was unsure about pacing myself. In fact that was going to be the least of my worries. In hindsight I should have been more concerned about my own flailing limbs!
I read somewhere on here that you should set the treadmill to 1% incline to mimic the outdoors, so I did that and set off on my 5 minute warm up walk. It was at this time I decided to dump Laura (sorry!) and go it alone with my own music. I had done my 5 minute walk, and jogged the first 5 minutes when I accidentally knocked the emergency stop button. It took a few seconds to realise what I'd done, and probably less than 30 seconds to get back up to speed, however this left me with a dilemma - would it count as a complete 20 minute run? I decided to play it by ear, and if I was feeling OK after 15 minutes I'd do the extra 5, so I would complete the whole 20 minutes.
As it turned out the run wasnt too bad, and I managed the whole 20 mins in one go. I did the 5 minute walk, 5 minutes running, 30 second stop, 20 minutes running and a 5 minute cool down walk (where I accidentally threw my ipod off the machine and again had to stop for a few seconds to retrieve it). Overall I was pretty pleased, as now I know I can do it.
So is it easier on the treadmill? Maybe. The biggest obstacle I had to overcome was myself and my own clumsiness. I felt like I was going even slower than I do outdoors (I didnt know that was even possible), and there were no hills or road crossing to compete with, but I think I do prefer it outside. It's good to know that I can run on a treadmill when I away though.
Week 6 tomorrow, and I've read on here I should feel too proud as this week brings you back to earth. Bring it on...
(oh and I stole the title from someone else, but it makes me feel inspired!)