But I did, of course, begin to run again.
In the past, I always ran outside on sidewalks or roads or trails. I eventually "liked" it. I didn't love it, but I loved being healthy, so I ran.
Well, when I moved to Salisbury in a not-so-great neighborhood, I quickly decided that I would have to make friends with the treadmill.
I really liked my gym and I really LOVED watching my own personal TV with headphones while on the treadmill. I started slow this time. I would walk in the beginning, then run short distances, and then gradually increase my pace and my distance. I always got a great workout, but I was having a VERY hard time increasing my distance the last few months. I knew I wanted to try that half-marathon, so I was really concentrating on increasing my mileage, even if I had to take a few walking breaks.
It was SO much harder than I ever thought it would be. I couldn't go faster and I couldn't go farther. Then I got the shin splints REAL bad, then I almost gave up.
I took two weeks off from running and high-shock exercising to give my shins a rest. The day I was about to get back into it, it was literally like 65 degrees outside. I feel much more comfortable in my neighborhood now that I have been here for a while and taken a few walks. I thought, "Why not? I will run outside!". Mapmyrun.com saved my life. I knew that I wanted to go a specific distance, so I got on that website and mapped that distance around my neighborhood. So, I tried it. The weather was great, Lady Gaga was on my ipod, and it was an amazing run. I was SHOCKED when I got home and realized how long it took me to do that run. I felt like I went at a relaxed pace, but I estimated that I had cut over a minute and a half off my usual mile time!
Could this be true? All this time? The treadmill was holding me back?
I tried again a few days later and went TWICE the distance. Same mile time. And I felt great! I didn't feel like I was going to die (like I usually do on the treadmill!).
I figured it out recently. I was purposely running very close to the front of the treadmill in fear that I couldn't move back any further or else I may fall off or something! So, because I restricted my space, I had to take MUCH smaller strides. I exerted way too much energy and couldn't go fast. My legs are short enough to begin with!
I tested my theory yesterday. It's true. I was holding MYSELF back! I tried the treadmill yesterday and forced myself to scoot back and take longer strides. I set my speed based on my outside runs and just went. Who knew? I had a great, long run!
I still like running outside, though. It's pretty to look at all of the houses and the river.