I made my return to the gym in my community and to the treadmill for the first time since the start of the pandemic!
While the gym reopened earlier this year, I had yet to go because of the mask mandate. At some point, the mask mandate was dropped so I knew it was only a matter of time before I decided to run indoors.
I can’t begin to tell you how great it was to run on the treadmill again!
Runners have a love/hate relationship with the treadmill. Over the years, I definitely learned to embrace running on the treadmill, even liking it.
Over the years, I had really gotten good at speed workouts on the treadmill but with such a long break from running indoors, I wasn’t sure how my body and mind would react.
Would I jump right back into speed workouts? Would it be hard to run on the treadmill again? Could I keep up with old paces? Would I be bored?
All good questions. See below for details on my first two treadmill running experiences since March 2020!
Last Week’s Workouts:
Monday – 25 Min Advanced Yoga/Pilates Flow + 30 Min Walk
Tuesday – 3 Mile Run (outside)
Wednesday – 19 Min Power Pilates (1 lb weights) + 30 Min Walk
Looks easy but takes a lot of balance ability!
Thursday – 4 Mile Run (treadmill!)
Today the real feel was at 24 degrees so I knew it was time to run indoors!
I must say, I felt like my old running self as soon as I started.
Although I wasn’t really sure how it would go, I had the energy and desire to run on the treadmill so I literally ran with it.
I even remembered my easy run on the treadmill workout so I started with that as the warm-up mile and then picked up the pace ranging between 6.8 – 7.7, mostly between 7.0 – 7.5 (with an incline between 1.0 – 2.0) for the next three miles.
I stayed within that range because I was scared to go too fast and not be able to keep up — it’s been a while, you know?!
It’s so nice to see I can bounce back to my usual speeds on the treadmill. I really felt like my old running self again which is a great feeling.
Friday – 16 Min Power Flow (1 lb weights) + 40 Min Walk
Saturday – 5 Miles (treadmill)
I was excited to get back on the treadmill for another great run like Thursday.
While it wasn’t a formal workout, it did turn out something like this:
- mile 1: Warm-up (same as Thursday – followed my easy run on treadmill workout plan)
- mile 2 – 4: Alternating .50 mile between 7.0 – 7.5/.50 mile 7.5 – 7.7
- mile 5: Cooldown (between 6.3 – 7.0)
(incline throughout ranged between 1.0 – 3.0)
Those half miles between 7.5 -7.7 got harder with each round. At four miles, I was 30 seconds faster than my total time on Thursday which was a nice feeling.
I am so happy to be back to these types of speed workouts that I pray they don’t shut the gym/mandate masks again.
Sunday – 54 Min Full Body (1 lb weights + band)
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