Yesterday was my second day at the gym, and my second time on the treadmill in more than a year. Last year, I ran maybe a 15:00 minute mile. Maybe. For the past couple of months, I’ve been jogging on streets, trails, and tracks, and usually I don’t keep track of how far or how fast I run. It was just a few weeks ago that I got excited because I ran three laps around the track–and they weren’t even consecutive.
Imagine my surprise at the gym yesterday when I ran a mile in 13:40. I know that’s not impressive to many (most? all?) of you, but I was pleasantly surprised. I only did 1.5 miles on the treadmill before I called it a day.
Which brings up a few questions. How do people run, like, 5 miles without passing out or sweating to death? Is it more important to focus on how your body is feeling, or whether you reach a certain distance or speed? How do you ignore the darn numbers on the treadmill? (‘Cause when I see it approaching a certain “mile”stone, my mind wants to reach it, then give up for the day.) How do you fight treadmill tedium?