This weekend we’ve had the first serious snow of winter… but we needed to be training together! Not ones to shy away from hard work (and feeling motivated and carb-loaded after a relaxing Christmas break!) we were determined to knock out 10-12k today, come rain, hail, or snow!
However, we made the (probably sensible) decision to forego the slippery conditions outside – after I stacked it outside our house – and head to the warmth of the gym for a treadmill session instead.
Now Dom will often tell me how he does not enjoy running, but he nailed it today, ran a gruelling and very boring 12k on the treadmill in around 63 minutes. The aim was to get miles under his belt, rather than hit a particular time. GREAT WORK!
I didn’t fare quite so well – while I’m a comfortable runner outside, I couldn’t get past the boredom factor on the treadmill today and when I had to stop after 30 minutes to roll up my running tights to try to cool down a little I really struggled to get back in the groove. What I learned today is that my biggest barrier is probably in my head. It really is mind over matter sometimes. My head space spiralled downhill after that pause at 30minutes, I was not feeling particularly positive about my progress and I ended up slowing my pace down by quite a lot. I toyed with just stopping and going to do some ab work, to just plodding and making it to 10k, and everything in between. In the end I made the 10k mark (in around 55minutes – I was beating myself up still about this progress but in hindsight it was still ok!) and ended up stopping when Dom reached his 12k milestone – I fell short at only around 10.87k in c.61 minutes. Not bad at the end of the day, but mentally I wasn’t impressed with myself at the time.
As Dom said, at least I got back on the treadmill after 30 minutes, and if there is anything to take out of today, it’s that I somehow need to learn to channel my negative emotions in a more positive way with my training – hmm, easier said than done I suspect!
Needless to say, we’ve been absolutely wiped out this afternoon! Both of us felt treadmill running was a lot more difficult than running outdoors – but at least we’ve gotten through our first of many training sessions this year!