So in my attempts at getting better and bouncing back from the run fail, I hit the treadmill on Tuesday! Long ago, I couldn't dream of a 30 minute 5k. Now, I hit right around 30, but I've been slowing down. Yeah, I probably shouldn't be, but I've been focusing on my run/walk patterns and keeping it slow to go longer distances. I also haven't been running like I should be, so we'll continue to work on that.
Anyway, I did a lovely little interval workout on the treadmill on Tuesday that ended up making me complete a 5k in exactly 30 minutes! I loved it and felt really good about encouraging people to try it, so decided I'd share it. I know that running the same speed on the treadmill gets super boring, but it's hard to know when to change it up. Life on the treadmill can stink, but it's good for you sometimes!
Since I've been running so slow outside recently, this workout provided me with a nice little push, forcing me to run sub-9's for a few mins, then going back to my comfortable 10 min pace. FYI- outside for my long runs I'm running an average of 11+. On shorter runs I can stay around 10, and can keep it there for about 3 miles, but then I end up going slower and s l o w e r.
So here you have it!
At the 30 minute mark you'll hit 3.1 miles, which is a 5k. After that, it's important to take some time to walk it off, not just hop off the treadmill and carry on with life. As always, don't forget some stretching and such to make sure you stay in a condition that allows you to function!
Do you use the treadmill for training? Do you push yourself when you use it?