After my post yesterday, I thought I should put my money where my mouth is – or my feet where my mouth is (but not in the normal way I do that…lol).
I got to the gym and headed to the treadie. Lately I’ve been doing a 30 min walk/run with lots more walking than running. I set it for 30 mins then changed my mind and went for 60 figuring I could always finish early.
Instead of stopping when I started to feel twinges of pain, I decided to see just how long I could run for. I wanted to at least get over 5 mins of continuous running since that’s about all I’ve been doing lately.
I didn’t set the incline. Normally I have it on about 2% or so but I think that could be contributing the calf pain.
I started off with a walk then at 3 mins upped it to a run. A slow run. A 7.5 km/h run. That’s damn slow; I can walk at 7 km/h. But I made it to the 5 min mark then kept going. I got to 8 mins before the calves got too sore to keep going.
Stopped for a 2 min rest then started running again, wanting to get another 8 mins. Got to 8 and felt fine so aimed for 10. I kinda missed the 10 mark, fiddling around with the video screen and my ipod (did I mention you can watch video clips off your ipod on the screens on the treadie — lots of J-Pop!), so figured I couldn’t stop at an random number and aimed for 15…
At the 15 min mark my fave song came on, so had to keep going. I have this weird thing I do sometimes when I’m on the treadmill. When I get to the point where I can’t go on and want to rest, instead of slowing down I bump up the pace. It keeps me going for some reason (and I figure I can go back to the original speed and it will *feel* like a rest). It works for me.
Got to 20 minutes and my other favourite song came on!
All up, I ran for just over 22 minutes continuously. That’s the most I’ve done in months. I was going to try for another 20 min or so run but figured I needed to be able to walk afterwards! No point going too hard. I did some shorter walk/run intervals to finish off the 60 minutes though.
Anyway, I’ve learnt a few things from this:
- I think a lot of the pain in my calves etc is because I need a longer warm up than I used to. The 8 min run initially really helped. In future, I might try doing a 10 min warm up then stretching then the real work!
- Also, even though I feel the pain in my calves, I think the problem is in my hip flexors. They are really tight so I take short strides and that screws up my calves. I actually feel better (in the muscles at least) when I push up the pace. Just need to get my aerobic fitness up to par!
- Even though people say to put the incline on the treadie to make it more like running outside, I think this is causing me problems. I might avoid the incline for a while. If I want it be more like running outside, I’ll run outside.
- Running is fun!
- Maybe doing an hour run should be for days when I don’t have Japanese class after the gym. Run endorphins and verb conjugation don’t mix.