Friday, January 25, 2013

to incline or not to incline

this past week I ran at the YMCA twice, for 35 minutes each time. 

on tuesday I ran 4.49 miles at 0 incline.



on thursday I ran 4.51 miles at 0.5 incline. 



clearly yesterday's run was a lot harder due to the addition of the slight incline.  I truly struggled as I ran those miles and even earned the respect of a fellow treadmill runner next to me.  "Nice run, I can't believe you maintained that speed the entire time."  Why thank you stranger.

I started thinking about the whole incline thing after reading one of Sarah's posts recently.  (from her post) ... "try to run at a 1-2% incline to offset the lack of wind resistance and the perpetual motion/motor factor."

So I'm going to make an effort to run with the incline set at 0.5 (at least) or higher from now on.  I also noticed that I've consolidated my runs this week ... usually I'll run 3 miles, 3 days in a row, but Mason and I have been a little busy this week during our usual gym time and have only made it twice, hence knocking out 4.5 miles each time.  Same mileage, just a lot more efficient.  High five to us.  Or me cause we know Mason is just hanging out in daycare and isn't actually running any miles ... yet.

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