1.  I do like running on the treadmill.  I watch TV and/or listen to music on my iPhone.  I like it even more when I need to do speedwork because it keeps me on track.  I’ve read in several places to set it at 1% incline.  Here is the link to a conversions chart.  When I do speedwork I set it at 7.5 (since I am “supposed” to run them at an 8 minute mile) but according to the chart I am actually running them at an 8:20 minute mile.  What?  I guess I need to crank it up to 1%.  However, I recently read a post on Become a Better Runner!  from Women’s Running Magazine (tip #21) that states to up the incline to 3%.  Yikes!!

2.  Last week I saw “Spirit of the Marathon II”.  I can honestly say I liked it a lot and found myself a few times in tears.  Watching the movie inspired me to run another marathon.  I know I’ve signed up for the Goofy Challenge in January but I am not looking at it as a “real” marathon or to PR but more as a challenge since I’ll be running a half marathon the day before and to have fun running through Disney.

3.  And something not running related, I am upset that the San Antonio Spurs lost Game 6 on Tuesday.  I was really hoping they’d beat those cocky Miami boys.  Let’s hope they win today!  By the way, did you happen to see that cute little kid, Sebastien de la Cruz, singing the National Anthem at Games 3 &4?  Oh my!  I am embarrassed to admit that I STILL don’t know all of the words to the National Anthem.  I can sing a few words to it and do so at my races but that’s it.

Just Keep Running!

7 Comments on Three Things Thursday, June 20, 2013

  1. I wish I enjoyed the treadmill as much as you do! Even with music or TV I get so bored on the treadmill so quickly. To me, a 1% incline on the treadmill feels difficult. I'm a total flatlander, yes.I've never seen Spirit of the Marathon but keep hearing about it!!! One of these days I'll watch it!!!I completely agree with you that I wanted so badly for San Antonio to win on Tuesday night. They were SO. CLOSE. I don't like Miami, either. Here is hoping the Spurs pull it off tonight!!!

  2. Have a great time in Seattle this weekend! That's funny that you like the TM. I cannot STAND that thing. Seriously, I will run in dangerous weather just to avoid it. Haha.

  3. 1% incline on the treadmill is the same as running on completely flat-as-a-pancake ground outside on a day with no wind, because you still have the resistance of your body moving through space. If you want to approximate flat ground with normal winds, or the slight ups and downs of what you normally think of as flat ground, you're actually probably better off with 2%. If you are doing 0%, that's basically like downhill running from an effort perspective.Hope that helps! 😉

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