A few weeks ago, Groupon offered an amazing deal for a high-end local gym. $25 for 30 days and it’s usually $100 a month! I snatched up that deal fast!
My plan was to wait until about a month before the race to start using my 30 membership and that way I could train more precisely. With the spring weather, it’s often hit or miss.
At the beginning of week nine of my training, I checked the weather out and it was scheduled to rain the entire week! Usually I would skip a day of running if needed, but going every two days was far less training than I need and I certainly couldn’t miss a week!
I decided to start using my groupon and since the gym had some issues activating it, I got a few extra days in for free! So my 30 day membership will expire about a week before my race.
I’ve got to say, I’m really happy I started my training outdoors. For me, the treadmill seems so much easier than running outside. The treadmill pulls your foot back rather than having to force yourself forward as you would running on land.
I do really enjoy the treadmill though. All of my stats are recorded for me and I feel as though I have much more control. I can fix my run to be any type I want and I can watch tv while doing so!
I am also LOVING the use of a gym and am already dreading the day my membership will end *tear*.
Yesterday’s run consisted of a 2 minute warmup walk, a 32 minute run, and a 2 minute cool down walk for a total of 36 minutes. My total distance was 3.3 miles. So my distance is down .1 from my last run but my time is down by 3 minutes!
I really feel like yesterday was my best run yet. For the first time I actually felt like a runner. Up recently running always felt like a huge effort in an attempt to propel my body forward. This time I felt the natural spring in my step, making it seemingly effortless to launch ahead. Don’t get me wrong, there is still work involved, just in a more comfortable way. By the end of the run, it was as if someone had dumped a bucket of water over my head I was so drenched. It felt great! I absolutely LOVE running and foresee it in my future for many years to come. I would love to run a 5K when I’m 70, any takers?