I had a stiff neck all day yesterday. Either I slept funny or it was from lifting on Monday, but either way my neck was really bothering me. Nevertheless, I went to the gym after work anyway. I figured if running was really painful, I’d just stop but I wouldn’t know until I tried.
Remember how I was so excited about the new branch of my gym? Well, the newness wore off, I guess, and I’ve been going back to the old branch. I go to the gym at about 5:45 and the only thing on tv is news. Much to Jason’s chagrin, I don’t really watch the local news. I prefer to get my news online. Although, if I am watching, I’ll watch his channel. So, if I’m not really into what’s on tv, there’s really no point in going to the gym with the personal tvs. More than just that though, the older gym has become considerably less crowded. I’m at the point where I’m running more than the 20 minute time limit that you are allotted when people are waiting, so it’s a huge perk not to have anyone waiting.
I ended up feeling totally fine while I ran. Better than fine, even. It was one of those runs where it felt easy. I did 4 miles. I did the first two at 5.8mph and the second two at 6.0mph. Jason’s been running too. We’re doing a 5K together next weekend and he’s been doing the Couch to 5K plan. He’s at the point where he’s running roughly 25 minutes straight and has been asking me how I do it without getting bored.
Here’s what I do and it’s sort of weird. Every song, I’ll look at my ipod and see how long that song is and I’ll figure out what time it will be when the song is over. So if I’m at 11 minutes and I see the next song is 4 minutes long, I tell myself that when this song is over, I’ll already be at 15 minutes and so on and so forth. I have no idea why this helps me but it somehow makes me feel like I’m kind of ahead of myself. I also sometimes will switch up the speed when a new song comes on, but not always.
I actually have a What I Ate Wednesday post photographed, but I’ll have to post that tonight because I’m getting short on time.
If you’re a treadmill runner, how do you keep yourself from getting bored?