Just when you think this crazy Ohio winter weather is done, it strikes with another polar vortex. Today’s temperatures were in single digits again! I have no issues with running in the cold per se BUT I just don’t have the proper protection for the elements. That meant another long run on the treadmill, This time, I decided to drop in at the Moraine, OH Payne Recreation Center (PRC) .
I usually like to start my long runs early in the morning before my family gets up. The problem today is the PRC doesn’t open until 09:00 on Saturdays. The plan was to get there at exactly 09:00 when they open for a solid 2 hour 10 mile run. That was the plan at least. I actually got out of the house about 30 min. later than expected. Then, I get to the center and it takes them almost 5 min. to process my CC. They were at least nice about it.
Let’s Get Started
The treadmill was nice and the room was a good temp with the news on the TV. Nothing really horrible. I get on the treadmill and make the attempt to decide what program I want to use today. I finally decided to just go plain Jane and use the basic setting. I enter all the data such as weight and then it asks time. I attempted to enter 120 min. The machine balked. Umm, how about 90 minutes then. Nope, that didn’t work either. What does this machine want? I finally found out it would only take 30 min. as a max. setting. Really, 30 min.?
I figured it would just keep going after the setting. I do a 5 min. warm-up walk and then proceed to the 12 min. mile pace at a 1.0% incline. I sip my Nunn about every 10 min. to keep hydrated. I decided to try the fruit punch today. Not bad; I still like tropical though. Whew, my legs are not liking this incline. Oh well, shut up legs and do as I say. Things are going good and then we hit the 30 min. mark. The treadmill decides it is time for my cool-down. Silly machine, I have just begun to punish you. I override the slowdown and proceed with my run. Two min. later, I get a workout summary. I AM NOT DONE!!!
Turns out these machines can only handle a 30 min. workout. You have got to be kidding me. I get the thing started again. Of course, my legs felt so spongy to be just stopping like that. I usually stop at 45 min. to take a drink and consume my 1st Honey Stinger gel. Today I decided that I wanted to press on to the half way mark. First it was to 60 min. and then I just wanted to push on to the 5 mile mark. That would be the point the crazy machine was going to stop again.
I made a quick call home to see how things were going since I was running late today. This was the point I originally planned to stop. Grace was up and my dad was at the house to babysit while Leah and I spent some quality time. I wanted to finish that run but it just wasn’t fair to put my wife on hold for my time mismanagement in the morning. Looks like today i only going to be a 5 miler.
What was your running adventure today?