Last weekend was both good and bad in terms of running.
Unlike my weekend in Arizona, this time I got to run inside, with water, in the hotel's fitness center. Which was good.
I also decided to stay up a little late and get my run in after the boys went to sleep, so I didn't have to wake up early. Which was also good.
When Thatkid was a baby this was how I got a lot of my runs in while training for a half-marathon. I'd head to the gym after he went to sleep and knock out the miles. I forgot how boring it is.
Once I started running last Saturday night, it all came crashing back. I remembered playing games with my speed and incline - changing and varying them almost like a game, to keep it "interesting."
I actually got excited about running at night. I figured I'd throw on a movie, or some trashy television and just zone out a bit. It's been a while since I've gotten the chance to do that. But the fitness center had no television, and the television on the treadmill only had four channels.
I threw on "Steel Magnolias" and started my run.
Steel Magnolias is a terrible movie to watch while you're on the treadmill. I watched up until the "Halloween scene" and decided that was it for me. I switched over to Judge Judy for the next half hour. Then watched a show about Shirley Maclaine. All the while raising and lowering my speed.
I worked on some negative splits, since I can't seem to get those under my belt during races. It's much easier to do that with a treadmill. I even spent the last 2 minutes at an 8 minute mile - which isn't a goal of mine, but by then I was ready to be done!
And now I'm home and back to my usual routes! It's good to be back!