Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Can she do it?

I should have known better than to think spring was here to stay. This is Southern Ontario after all so it shouldn't be a big surprise that we got hit with some nasty cold, snow and ice yesterday.

I had grand plans for an interval run tonight (3 x 1600) and hubby had even offered to pace me. Unfortunately the conditions are not remotely suitable for intervals, so I'm going to have to take it indoors and slog it out on the treadmill. Boring! I wonder if one of the trainers would be willing to stand in front of the treadmill screaming at me à la Jillian Michaels to JUST KEEP RUNNING!

The plan is:

• Warm-up run to the gym (2k)
• Strip layers, grab a treadmill (hopefully one of the good ones!)
• 5 min. warm-up jog
3 x 1600 at goal 5K pace (4:36/km = 7:24/mi = 8.1mph) with 800m recovery jogs
• 5 min. cool-down jog
• Layer back-up and jog home (unless I can procure a ride)

I typically don't fare well on the treadmill at high speeds and I've never even completed a workout like this, so it will be interesting. I do have some confidence based on my intervals with the group in the last couple weeks, so I'm going to channel my inner Little Engine That Could.



I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...

But can I??

28 comments:

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I think you can, I think you can.

That will be a lot less boring that a straight treadmill run. At least you get to mix it up!

Marci said...

Ofcourse YOU CAN, you are AWESOME!

TNTcoach Ken said...

Doesn't it involved pushing a lot of buttons???? We got hit also and it sucks!

aron said...

YES YOU CAN!! :)

Chic Runner said...

you can you can! :) Good luck tonight. I am not a treadmill slogger.. :( I hope to see a good report tomorrow :)

Janice {Run Far} said...

I think you can.... good luck.

Runner Leana said...

Ohhh, I hate the treadmill. Find some good music and just go for it. Good luck!!

Mark said...

Great plan! The treadmill is a great tool. Hope the weather turns better for you

Saface Macdonald said...

You can do anything!

RunWithMe said...

Good luck. Don't fall off!

Melanie said...

i know you can! Have fun, and a much better idea going indoors on that one :D

RunningLaur said...

At least you don't live in Northern Ontario - that has to be worse!

I'm excited to gear how the intervals go, I have some like this in mind for 5k race training!

Jess said...

I'm sure you can! Seems like everyone in the northland was hit by bad weather in the past few days! Yuck.

Jess said...

I'm sure you can! Seems like everyone in the northland was hit by bad weather in the past few days! Yuck.

Denise said...

You can do it!! Choo, choo!!

Ted said...

Yes, of course... You can do it. As for me, I have never been so fond of treadmill. I have a name for it.. suckmill or dreadmill.

Now, let's pray for real spring weather, shall we?

pchieng said...

It is true that treadmills are pretty boring, but I'm sure you can do it! Cool picture, brought back fond memories of childhood :)

Run Sarah said...

You can definitely do it...pump some loud and fun music!

Lily on the Road said...

YOU CAN !!

OMG, my dad read that book to me every night!....WOW, thanks for the walk down memory lane...

Heather said...

That's a great plan - you can totally do it. I hate running fast on the treadmill. For some reason, it always feels so much faster than running outside.

teacherwoman said...

YOU CAN! Great plan!

unathleticrunner said...

I KNOW you can! I know you can! Kick butt girl! That sounds like an awesome workout. I might just have to steal it. Feel free to steal any of mine ;)
Keep up the great work!

J said...

I THINK YOU CAN!!! I hope you get the good treadmill - that makes things go better for me!

yumke said...

No problem at all. From reading about your other speed runs, looks like you can handle that pace... (pretty speedy, by the way)

joyRuN said...

1600s at 8.1mph?! Yes you can!

Me, not so much ;)

D10 said...

I hope the interval workout went well. I am sure you rocked them.

lindsay said...

i know you can! hope it went well!! i'm always concerned about flying off the back end myself. certainly hope that didn't/doesn't happen to you!

I Run for Fun said...

Hope it went well. Of course, you can.