Why can I not go running? I ready myself to go and I wake up and I don’t have it in me. I don’t know if I figured it out this morning but I found something that may work. It’s this thing called the treadmill and did you know that they’re inside in an air conditioned building? It’s pure bliss.
There are two main reasons why I was never a fan of a treadmill. Reason #1: I’m a bit self-conscious and I’m a newbie runner so running next to someone who is running for an hour makes me feel like I suck. I know, I know, I shouldn’t feel that way and I will get to the point where those runners are one day but I have to be patient and work at it. But you can’t help how you feel.
Reason #2: I like the idea if running somewhere. Even if it’s in a circle around the neighborhood. I enjoy the scenery and I enjoy being outside. What I don’t enjoy however, is the heat and on my last feel runs, I have felt very blah during those runs which wasn’t motivating to go on another. Sometimes, I don’t think I’m meant to live in the south. haha!
So, what motivated me to get to the gym and run on the treadmill? Well if you remember my goals post, I talked about finishing the C25K program as one of my goals. I can’t finish it if I don’t go for a run, and with the heat and humidity making me feel blah, I decided to give the treadmill a try. Most of the time, I get to the gym around 6:30 so there’s very few people there and sometimes I’m the only one there. This helped with my fear of looking like an idiot and not being able to complete my run. Being more than halfway done with the C25K program actually helped some too, because I know I’m much better at running than I used to be. I decided to face my silly fear and go for it this morning.
This morning run was a 25 minute run. I began with a warm up and then started my run. I set my pace at just under 11 minutes and once I did a few “laps” I upped my pace to 10:20, a pace I was pretty sure I could handle for the full 25 minutes based on my running in the neighborhood.