I'm not sure why, but whenever I cast my eye around the cardio machines in the gym, "slaves" are what I see. Maybe it is the stark contrast between the walled in and the freedom of the hills. Maybe it is the almost religious dedication I see in some. Maybe it just looks more like work than play. Maybe I just look at the world in a slightly leftfield way?
Anyways, I took out that gym membership for a reason, and now is the time to start using it. Running in the dark is already getting a bit boring. Ok, wrong choice of words, tripping over stuff in the dark is beginning to get a bit tiresome. Yes, that's more like it, better choice of words, far more accurate.
So I pulled on my gimp mask, strapped into my harness, and chained myself to the dreadmill alongside my fellow subordinates.
What is the driving force I wonder making us all work ourselves like this? Quite interesting looking around the gym and seeing the different ways people are training, and the sheer variety of goals they must be working towards.
Yes, gladiators, still slaves, but a very special kind of slave.
My own personal battle was 1 minute intervals on the treadmill. New pair of running shoes to try out, road shoes a bit like my fell shoes, with just 6mm of cushioning, so quite minimalist.
So after a 20 minute warm up, I did 5 x 1 minute at 15kph with a 1 minute recovery inbetween, and for my final 5 reps I upped the speed by 0.2kph to finish my final rep at 16kph.
That is easily the fastest I have run on a treadmill since I peaked in 2010. I don't know if that really means anything. Treadmill running is so much different to running outdoors. Not only that but my technique is now completely different to how it was back then. I have questions to answer.
Cold seems to have cleared up. Let's hope it stays cleared up now. Been told today we have over-time to work all week, so I'm going to be knackered anyway by the time Saturday rolls around. Oh well, c'est la vie.
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