Okay, so it was a little chilly outside this morning when I went for a little run; therefore, it was easy for me to decide to switch to an alternate workout. Winter weather can wreak havoc on your routine or training schedule that's why it's important for us to make sure we have a quick fix or a Plan B.
Having a Plan B in your back pocket on days when you are not feeling the outside winter weather can be very beneficial. Not only are you able to survive the elements, but you can still get a great workout in. But mimicing an outside workout indoors can be a definite challenge as some of the cardio machines at your local gym don't exactly equate to road or track workouts, so it's important to choose wisely.
With me, I'm a cyclist and a runner and as long as the equipment I'm ready to use at my local gym isn't being used by anyone else, I'm in good shape. So I took to the treadmill, did a mile warmup and transitioned into a 3 mile tempo run alternating every 1/4 mile for the best affect. For the better part of the last 2.5 miles I averaged between 8.0 and 9.5 giving me a great half hour of running. I quickly cleaned the machine for the next person and immediately jumped on the stationary bike and peddled for the next half hour at level 9 for a composite total of 9 miles in 30 minutes. Average of about 3:20 a mile.
A solid workout with an indoor flavor. Can the benefits of continuous indoor activities be beneficial over long periods of time...no, but at least once or twice a week is okay. Check the weather reports for the upcoming weeks when planning your routines and enjoy your indoor or outdoor running routines.
If you happen to have suggestions or comments or even your own workout routines, by all means share them with the rest of us, because knowledge is power and the more power we have in our running or cycling database the more power we have in our internal chemistry to be better than when we first started our running lives.
Because...what we do in life, echoes an eternity!
Cycling Runner out!