I watched the radar all afternoon as thunderstorms began developing all around the Atlanta area on Tuesday. My training plan called for a tempo run that would have to be run late in the evening due to my work schedule. I was hoping that the rain would move in and cool the air down and then move out. This was not what the storms had in mind.
The rain continued for hours (I didn’t really mind the rain-we need it and it did cool the temps from the 90’s to the 70’s-sounds like good running weather) BUT the lightning stayed as well. I don’t want my 15 minutes of fame to include a news story about my getting electrocuted while running in a thunderstorm, so I grabbed my gear and headed for the gym.
Oh how I despise running on the treadmill. Other than the fact that there is not any lightning in the gym, running on the treadmill is worse to me in every way. My strides feel off. The pace seems much faster. I am, shall we say, uncoordinated. It takes longer and feels worse.
But…I did it. This was the first run of my 16 week training for the Atlanta Marathon and I didn’t let the weather keep me from getting it done. My plan called for 2 easy miles, 2 tempo miles (7:30 pace) and 2 easy miles. I tried running the 7:30 pace, but on the treadmill it felt like something was going to pull (or break off) in my right leg, so I eased it down to an 8:00 pace and ran the miles. I ended up running 6 miles in 59 minutes. Not bad. It took about 5 minutes longer than it would have taken on the track, but I didn’t make the news either. A pretty good trade off…
This wasn’t my best 6 mile run, but it was a great opportunity to test my resolve. Something really does feel different now that I am “in training”.
I’m curious, does anybody prefer to run on the treadmill? If you hate it like me, why? Does your running form feel “off” as well?