I gotta admit, I don't really like using the treadmill. We don't have one at the house, so if I'm going to use one, I have to go find one at the YMCA or at work. Usually, I can only stand using one for an hour or less workout. I usually sweat like a pig, especially at the Y, because it's hot inside. One thing I do like about them is the ability to dial in a tempo workout, which let's me know exactly what it fells like at a certain speed.
And with this being the first of the year, lots of "New Year's Resolution" folks are busy honoring that resolution on any and all available treadmills. With a mixture of work related time constraints, frigid weather, and limited evening sunlight - the Dreadmill is sometimes the only option.
So yesterday, with a 8 mile tempo scheduled on the training plan, I headed down the street at work, to seek out a treadmill. I had originally planned on getting outside during lunch, but the 8 miler during the day usually takes me longer than a "normal" lunch break, so I decided not to attempt it at lunch. So, I worked through lunch and took off at 4:30 headed to building #1. We have 4 decent treads at the Corporate facility right down the street, and "lo and behold" they were all in use. Now, even though I hate using them, I have resigned that during the winter/cold months, it's a necessity. I've been down to building #1 at around 4:30 to 5:00 many times during the last year, and NOT ONE TIME were all 4 treads being used. Oh well, I decided not to wait and just headed home.
At this time of day, I knew there was no use in heading directly to the Y to find a tread, it would be the same story there.
I finally got around to going around 7:30 and got to the Murfreesboro Y around 8. It was not bad at that hour and I was able to get on a decent tread and begin the 8 miler. I better get used to it, because Old Man Winter has finally decided to give us a taste of winter. No snow here in Middle Tennessee yet, but some is expected in the next few days. Good luck to all getting in your workouts.