Saturday, February 3, 2007

Vacation Run

Today was my first post-C25k run, and it happened to take place away from home. We met up with my wife's college roommate and family in DisneyWorld. It was the first time we had seen them in about 7 years, and we all had a blast. Even though I knew I would be doing a lot of walking in the park, I still wanted to get a morning run in, and so at 6 AM I started my day in the hotel's fitness center on their treadmill. This was my first attempt at using a treadmill, and my feeling about it is mixed. On the one hand, it definitely was easier on my legs and knees. I wound up running for about 55 minutes (!) and I feel like I could have done more. The reason I ran so long was because I decided to go for distance instead of time, and it took me that long to go 5k. I'm not sure why my treadmill running was so much slower than my outdoor running, yet felt the same while I was on the machine. On the other hand, it was much more boring. Still, since this was my first run post-C25k podcast, it was the first time I got to listen to my own running mix, and that part was enjoyable. After my morning run, I had just enough time to shower up and get dressed and then we headed to the park. By the end of the day I had 25,607 steps (256% of my daily goal!). I tried to eat healthy while at the park, so hopefully I didn't lose much of my forward momentum. Since today was so unusual, I've decided not to consider it as W1D1 of the "One Hour Runner." Instead, I'll start that this week.


  1. congratulations on the graduation!

    i'm curious about the treadmill run - did you use your nike+ tracking while running on the treadmill? did it match up with what the treadmill showed?

  2. Thanks!

    Nike+ showed a pace of 13'18"/mile, but that includes the 5 minute warmup walk and 5 minute cooldown walk that bookended the run, so my actual pace was a little faster. Of note is that my Nike+ had never been calibrated (I used the treadmill to calibrate it after this workout for the first time). My sportbrain pedometer showed a speed of 3.8, which is within one tenth of the 3.7 the treadmill was reporting.