The sunshine has disappeared from my neighborhood once again. I was looking forward to running in the park this morning but when I woke up it was so windy and cold outside I opted for the gym.
I like the treadmills at the Richmond YMCA because they’re on a wall of windows and I can watch what’s happening on the street. I hooked up my iPod (not ready to try the running meditation on a treadmill yet!) and upped my speed gradually until I’d hit a 10 minute mile. I learned about the seasons and “participated” in a Hebrew conversation about salads as I settled into a 9:30 minute mile. Any faster and my heart rate shot above my target ZN 4 aerobic zone. I took a walking break at 45 minutes to avoid flat out quitting. So many random aches and pains kept popping up, trying to convince me to end early, but nothing lasted long enough that I could justify stopping. The very short walk saved me then I did my last 15 minutes. I concluded my gym time with some gentle stretches on the mat & a set of core exercises.
60 minute treadmill run, completely flat, HR mid to top of ZN 4, 9:22-10 mm pace, 6.5 miles