I overdid it again!
Damn treadmills, there is just something about running on a treadmill that causes me to do more than I should. At least this time, I didn’t strain or hurt anything, I just was completely wiped after the run.
Back up a bit. For some reason or other I kept thinking that yesterday was the 3rd, I guess all of the days sort of run together after a while.
When I got up for Bennie’s first walk it -2ºF, luckily there wasn’t much wind, but it was still pretty chilly, so I was glad that I today was my gym day, instead of having to bundle up and run outside.
I had planned to do a pretty steady 7.3 mph 8.0 mile run at 1.0% incline, I have been battling that cold/flu bug for the past couple of days and really didn’t want to push it too hard. So I had planned for a long and boring run – I know, but after Monday’s workout, but I didn’t want to mess around too much with my hamstrings. I got to the 5.0 mile mark in 41:11 and got to thinking that I felt pretty good, the hammies felt great, the PureFlows were doing good and I wasn’t working too hard.
So I stopped and re-started the treadmill (I didn’t want to run into the dreaded 59:45 cut-off switch)I began again at 7.4 mph. At 6.0 miles I took the incline back down to zero (I know wimping out), but I am trying to teach myself to maintain the faster pace, even when I am getting tired. Then I was just about to the 7.0 mile mark, when a guy got on the treadmill next to me and started running at 7.5 mph.
I couldn’t resist – I bumped it up to 7.5 mph too, then he started to do intervals at 8.8 mph, no way I am doing intervals after Monday, so I just kept plugging along at 7.5 (by the way did I ever tell you I am just a wee bit competitive). He kept doing his intervals, but I noticed he kept looking over at my treadmill. So at 8.5 miles I started to do a ladder, figuring if my hamstrings started to bother that I could always just pull back.
Luckily they felt great and when we were both running at 8.8 mph he just looked over at me and smiled, I just finished a tenth pushed it up to 8.9 and smiled back. He didn’t go above the 8.8 mph and just shook his head as I continued to increase my speed by a tenth every tenth of a mile finishing at 9.2 mph. He got done before me and waved. I was on there for a few more minutes and did a 10:00 minute cool-down walk.
Like a dummy I had forgotten to bring my water bottle, so I had gone the 10 miles without hydration and I hate to drink the city water, but after I got off, I drank from the water fountain. But the run had been a killer and I was wiped when I got done. I just don’t know what it is about running on the treadmill that makes me think that I am 25 not 55. Oh well, I was able to finish my lower body weights workout after and then went and stretched and did the foam roller for 15 minutes in the stretching area.
On the way home I did something that I never do, I stopped and got a bottle of Vanilla Muscle Milk, because I was feeling, so much like crap. I knew that I needed to replenish the old body a little. It helped pretty quickly and I felt a LOT better after drinking it – almost human again.
Memo to self – remember to bring WATER and a piece of fruit or protein bar to eat after gym workout.
Garmin Stats Screenshot
Shoes: Brooks PureFlow1 – They did okay on the long run, every so often it felt as though the right pinky was cramped and that the bottom of my feet were heating up a little (something I associate with the removable insole, not being molded to my feet yet). But at no time during the run did they negatively affect my gait or running, although I did notice them from time to time. I will probably use them exclusively to the 50 mile mark and then start doing the shoe rotation with the Mizuno’s. I really think that it is the only way to give them a good test to see how I adapt to them.
Socks: Swiftwick Vibes
Top: Black Nautica Tech sleeveless top
Bottom: Puma Compression shorts, Coast Guard Running Shorts
Last Night’s Supper: Homemade Yeast Rolls (2), Stuffing, Mashed potatoes, using homemade cranberry sauce to flavor, glass of wine
Breakfast: Black Coffee, 1/3 Cup Oatmeal, 1/3 Cup Blueberries, Flax Seeds, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, medium banana, large garlic clove, cutie orange
Vitamins: Simply Right Mature Men MultiVitamin, Simply Right Glucosamine HCI 1500 mg, Swanson High potency Dry Vitamin D-3 – 1,000 iu, Swanson Turmeric 720 mg, Swanson Bee Propolis 550 mg
Lunch: Salad spinach & romaine lettuce, cole slaw mix, Ranch Dressing, Apple, green tea and sugared ginger slices
- Abductor 30 x 110
- Adductor 30 x 110
- Glute Machine 30 x 70 both legs
- Hamstring Machine 10 x 50 x 3
- Calf Raises 30 x 110
- Chest Flye Machine
- Foam Roller – Yes