Staring at the wall

So, there’s good news in abundance:

  1. Looks like winter may actually pay a visit to New England this year, instead of giving us the illusion of passing directly from fall to spring.
  2. I’ve still been consistient with my running
  3. It looks like I’m on track to not have to run outside in shorts in February, despite the glitches in the Nike+ site.

However, despite all the sunshine, we need a little rain. I’m still a big old wuss. All my running this week has been on the dreadmill. Even though it hasn’t been bitterly cold, the little cold snap we’ve had was too much for my tender constitution to bear. Luckily, I’ve got gyms a-plenty to which I can go.

So, mileage is on track.

Interestingly enough, Nike+iPod has been lending credence to something I’ve believed for a long time. Y’know the old saw about  running on a treadmill being easier than running on the road? For Wednesday’s run, I kept the ‘mill on 0 elevation for most of the run, and at the end, I had to go to 4.2 miles by the dreadmill’s reckoning to have Nike+ give me credit for 4 miles of running. Yesterday, I ran the whole thing on 1% up elevation, and Nike+ and the treadmill’s odometers agreed within about 0.05 miles.

Today, it’s 4 miles outside, and another 15 minutes on the rowing machine.

3 thoughts on “Staring at the wall”

  1. Jank,

    Be careful on the treadmill at a 0° incline. Lee Miller wrote about always using at least a 1%-2% grade to avoid injuring your back (winter do’s and don’ts), which is the most important reason to always have a grade on there. I also wrote in my treadmill tips last April about how running at 0° is easier than walking around your house. The pace just doesn’t compare to running on the flat outside.

  2. I had read to always run with at least a slight incline to more accurately make it “equal” running outside. Now you’ve proven it! :-)

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