Oh, the treadmill...

I'm not sure if my treadmill is calibrated correctly. It's about 4 years old now, and even though it's a good treadmill, do they sort of fall out of line at some point? The incline maybe doesn't go up as high as it says it is? Or it doesn't quite run at a certain speed, even though it thinks it is?

At first, this bothered me. I don't want to get to March to find out that when I thought I was doing X minute miles, I was really doing X+1 minute miles. That would suck.

So, I've decided just to make my hard workouts on the treadmill HARD. Who cares about pace? That doesn't really mean anything, anyway.

So tonight I popped in a movie into the DVD player in the workout room (best thing ever!!), and did 3x10 minutes. I played with the incline and speed, ranging from 3% to 5.5%, speed 9.8 to 10.0 (again, no idea if those are actually correct).

GREAT workout. And best of all, it was fun! It's fun to just try to beat your lungs/legs up. And playing with the speed or incline every minute takes your mind off of the whole "I have 5 mintues left to go?" thought. So, YEAH! I'm no longer absolutely hating my indoor workouts (at least for now :).

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!

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