I didn't get back to the gym this morning for another go at the new treadmills, however, there was a 90 minute gap in my work schedule at lunchtime. I think we all know what that means :-)
I did another heart rate program - this time I set it for 150 bpm. I intended to do somewhere around 3 or 4 miles, depending on the time. I ended up running much faster today than yesterday - 10:44/mile pace with an Avg HR of 148 vs. 12:19/mile pace with an Avg HR of 146 yesterday. Not sure how I'm seeing such a huge difference in a matter of 30 hours, but I'll just chalk it up to good days and bad days.
I tried connecting my iPod into the dock connector/iPod holder of the treadmill and it did not connect. It's probably made for the newer, color-screen, slimmer iPods - I'm not sure. However, this treadmill has a lot of space below the console and it does not vibrate and shake while I'm running. So, I was able to use my hard-drive based iPod on this treadmill without all of the skipping that normally happened on the older treadmills. How nice to have my entire music collection at my disposal for a run! I ended up listening to REM's Life's Rich Pageant.
This weekend will be very exciting for me in the running department. Saturday morning I have Stride Clinic and I'll likely go on a long run on Sunday morning when the temperatures are supposed to be in the mid 40s (going up to the high 50s in the afternoon!).
A while back I had signed up for my Running Club's Stride Clinic. Basically, they have a team of experts (Running Coaches, Physical Therapists, Podiatrists, etc.) watch you run on a treadmill and then give you feedback. I'm interested to know if there is anything I can do to my running form that will make me a better / faster / less injury prone runner. I've been wanting to do this for quite some time and never got around to it, so I'm really glad I finally signed up. Stay tuned for a report of what they find...