NHMike wrote:Second try and I was able to get my heartrate up to 135 on the second time out. I only did 3 miles at a moderate pace but I think that heartrate gains are doable. The thing is the balance. I got in 4 miles running today and 3 miles cycling and both felt great. I do want to increase speed and distance but I don't want to get injured so I'll take it easy for now.
A possible goal for 2020 would be to run a minimum of one mile every day. That's one of those things where it would be nice to have a treadmill at home but we don't have the space and I don't consider it a worthwhile expense - treadmills are expensive compared to cycling and rowing machines. I can just go outside with the right clothes too.
I agree that treadmills take up too much space at home and are too expensive. Research shows that VO2 max is the same when running on a treadmill compared to running outside, but I never feel like I'm working as hard. It helps to put the treadmill on a 1% grade so I feel like I have some wind resistance, but it still doesn't feel "right". Plus I have zero sense of pacing on a treadmill. Even when I select a “rolling hills” run, my pace is completely different than when I run outside.
The good part is there are so many high-tech clothing options available now that make it easier to run outside in cold, windy, rainy, or hot weather. Wearing the proper clothing has made a huge difference in my ability to run outside all year round. I still hate running in hard rain or a downpour though. It gets in my eyes, it makes the track or trail super slippery, and since I run in the mountains, the newts come out in droves and I end up jumping over them again and again (I don't want to squish one). I have no idea why they love hard rain so much!
Keep up the good work!