Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Grapes of Wrath

As I'm sure many you have, I've spent a lot of quality time with my treadmill these past couple weeks. Why is it that I can comfortably push the jogging stroller up and down hills at an 8:15/mi pace on my training runs, yet I feel like I'm dying when I run at the same pace on the treadmill? I had to dial it back to 8:34/mi pace this morning for my 8 miler, and I still felt like I had lead running shoes.

We got a deal on the treadmill last spring by buying the floor model. I'm wondering if it's calibrated wrong.....but I'm pretty sure it's just me.

It's very discouraging! Especially with the half marathon coming up next weekend. I feel confident running outside, then the treadmill kicks my arse. Please tell me I'm not the only one with this problem.

As much as I'm looking forward to some nice weather and clear skies, I'm really hoping we get a soaking rain in the next couple days.

Source
During last week's snowstorms, the City of Atlanta was short on salt. So instead of salt, they covered Peachtree and a bunch of other side streets with gravel and this reddish colored dirt. Now that all the moisture is gone, cars are kicking up these huge clouds of dust. Downtown Atlanta looks like the dust bowl. My lunchtime walks are on hold until I can go outside without being engulfed by this weird haze. Another strange after-effect of snow I wasn't quite prepared for.

8 comments:

  1. There are parts of Midtown that remind me of one lane, unpaved country roads. Yet the huge piles of ice are very weird to me. Shouldn't that be gone by now!?

    This chart converts running outside paces to equivalents on treadmill. Hope it makes you feel a bit better because it looks like your pace was dead-on.

    http://www.hillrunner.com/training/tmillchart.php

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  2. I am fairly new to running, but feel the same way about the treadmill. I have are hard time getting even half my distance on the treadmill.

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  3. Thanks for the conversion chart. Very interesting. I normally run at a 1% incline but it looks like that only gives me a difference of 2 seconds per mile :(

    It's crazy how much dirt they dumped onto the roads. Peachtree Street really does look like and old country highway.

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  4. I am not a marathon runner but work out and I feel the same way about the treadmill. I always seem to get into trouble on the treadmill where if I am outside I can keep the same pace and go further will less effort. I hate the treadmill.

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  5. Yes, I am right there with you on the whole treadmill thing. We bought the floor model too, but I run at work sometimes and end up running on the exact same speed there too.

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  6. I used to run on the treadmill a lot, and when i say 'a lot' i mean almost exclusively with the exception of my long runs. No two treadmills are exactly the same, the one i run with at home feels much more difficult than the one i run on at the gym. and since even the TM within the same gym can vary, there's no way to really rely on any information the display is showing. Now when i'm on the treadmill, i focus on my HR and my steps per minute. this way i know my level of effort is the same even the the mph on the TM might vary drastically.

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  7. I am fairly new to running, but feel the same way about the treadmill. I have are hard time getting even half my distance on the treadmill.

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  8. Yes, I am right there with you on the whole treadmill thing. We bought the floor model too, but I run at work sometimes and end up running on the exact same speed there too.

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