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As an aside, I'd like to note that sporting events are a great way to spend some time on the treadmill. I created a game that would keep me active for the entire time. The rules were the following:
- For each completion or positive rushing play, decline the elevation setting
- For each incomplete pass, sack, or negative rushing play, incline the elevation setting
- During the time between a score and the next possession, increase the pace for the entire duration until the next play and go back to the regular speed and adjust elevation based on the outcome of the play
- Each commercial alternates between speeding up and slowing down
Now contrast that with only two days later when I was out running in shorts and a tshirt in 55 degrees and sunny weather! Now don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining...well except when it turns cold again, because it always feels so much colder after you've had a chance to run in some warmer weather for a change. But I will say that one of the positives of running in what I consider ideal running weather (45-55F) is that the workouts tend to feel much easier than they otherwise would. Yesterday's workout was a doozy on paper, because I am really starting to dial in my marathon pacing efforts, so while the intensity isn't as high, the distances covered goes up. Da plan:
- 2 mile warm up, 2 x 4 miles at marathon pace minus 10-15s, with a 5 minute regular jog between sets, 2 mile cool down
- 1st set of 4 miles: 7:15/mile avg (155 bpm avg)
- 2nd set of 4 miles: 7:06/mile avg (160 bpm avg)
- 13+ miles total in about 1:38 - not bad for a weekday!
Let's just hope for similar weather on race day!