I ran as fast as I have in over a year this morning, on the treadmill. I really don't like running on treadmills (which means I hate it, but don't like to use the word hate), but have been doing short stints while at the gym.
I started with the manual program and a pace of 6.0. I felt surprisingly good with a spring in my step that hasn't been there for months.
I'm back!! I'm a runner again.
Time to speed up the pace to closer to where I used to be on these accursed treadmill things. I push the up arrow until the speed is at 6.5.
I still feel really good. Legs are moving easily and heart isn't beating too fast.
I punch the speed on up to 7.0. This is the pace that I used to be able to keep on the damned treadmill for my entire run of 30 or 40 minutes.
It is great to realize that maybe I can still be a runner. Even though there isn't any wind in my hair while running inside on a stupid machine, it almost seems like there is a slight breeze. Probably just my imagination.
After half a mile I realize that while my legs feel good, my lungs aren't quite up for keeping this pace for very long.
I'll just dial the speed back down to 6.8 or 6.5.
The down speed button isn't working. Speed still at 7.0. I press harder on the evil contraption's down button. Speed remains at 7.0.
I accidentally press the up button, well it was actually because I was pressing on the down button so furiously and running at the same time.
Now I am going lightning fast at 7.1 on the treadmill. I keep up the pace until .75 miles and then jump off.
Stop the run. Reset the program. Carefully get speed to 6.0 and finish out the run.