Monday, July 21, 2008

Built-in timer: friend or foe?

So we’re all moved into our new place and last week I decided to give the “gym” at the complex a try since my treadmill is still at Kim and Jeff’s. I felt a bit self conscious b/c 1. I hate gyms and 2. there are two sizable windows that look out on the lobby/office. Fortunately there wasn’t much traffic through the area and I was the only one in the gym so all was well. I hopped on the treadmill and started a warm up walk. It was was sooo smooth. Like walking on friggin buttah. Being on mine feels like walking/running on rocks in comparison. After a few minutes I started my run. My legs felt great and I was thrilled the entire time I was running. I just watched the giant plasma tv mounted on the wall and mentally patted myself on the back for going to the gym when it was the last thing I wanted to do. I was also thinking about how great it was going to be to get rid of my treadmill b/c these are so awesome that there is absolutely no reason for me to keep mine. I was planning out the design of the office/guest room/workout room sans workout gear and I was super psyched about it…until 30 minutes went by and the damn machine STOPPED! I suppose I should have realized something was up when all of a sudden the display started flashing and beeping. Needless to say, I was less than thrilled. I had an idea how far I’d gone so I knew how much I had left to do for the 3 miles but all I could think was “You’ve GOT to be kidding me.” Although the timing mechanism infuriated me, I’ve come to realize that it can be a powerful incentive: run your ass off so that you can do 3 miles before it stops. I believe I have that damn timer to thank for my new 3 mile PR from last Friday: 28:42. Woo hoo! I couldn’t believe how great I felt. Of course, part of me felt like I’d just gotten the crap kicked out of me; but knowing I’d run sub 10 minute miles (at least for the two, I think the first mile was at 10:10 or so) absolutely made my day!! So at least for now, my negative feelings for the timer have subsided. I’m happy to report that since the day I got cut off (last Wed), I’ve been running consistent sub-30 minute 3 milers. For the past two weeks I have run 3 x week, 3 miles each time, so I guess that is decent. And I did 3 today in 29:51 followed by a “Yoga for Distance Runners” program…

However, the bad news is that I have not done a long run in over a month. I hate this and feel like such a butthead b/c I know how important the long run is. Because it seems to be too difficult for me to do it on weekends, I’m thinking of switching it to Wednesdays…at least until my schedule changes, aka when I get a job and have to actually do shit during the day other than clean, read, watch tv (I’m obsessed with our Direct TV and DVR!!), and eat/cook. I think this might be a good solution to my problem. It makes more sense for me to do the long run during the week, when I’m on my own, as opposed to during weekends when I'm enjoying what little time I have to spend with Dave. I really was planning on doing it yesterday, up until 9pm…however the two Blue Moons I had during dinner convinced me otherwise. Oh, and I saw Dark Knight yesterday and it was badass! Loved it, loved it, loved it. Batman rocks!

That's it for now. I hope everyone is doing well! :)


EmLit said...

I hate those treadmills that are set to shut down after 30 minutes! On one hand, I can understand how it helps to maintain the "30 minute limit while others are waiting" rule at busy gyms, but I usually go to my parents' gym at off hours so I end up having to restart the treadmill if i want to do longer than thirty minutes :( I'm glad it is providing you with some incentive to work harder! And it sounds like switching your long runs to the week may be a great idea--it will also give you more structure mid-week (I know I need that!)

*aron* said...

that is SO annoying it shuts off!! BOOOO! awesome job getting the 3 miles in before it goes off though!!

good idea on switching the long runs... its all about what works best for you to get it done, so that might be your answer!! you can do it!

Rachel said...

Your stories totally crack me up. The whole timer and running to beat the timer thing was pretty funny. I have the same problem on treadmills. Most of the time it goes out at 60 minutes though...I haven't seen the 30 min thing! I had the same problem at my fitness center in Florida. I was set to run 8 miles and the stupid thing killed me at 60 minutes. Yuck! But anyway, congrats on the PR! And hope to see ya back on those long runs soon!

"If you think you can, or think you can't, you're right."

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