The kids are back on campus and the gym is full again. This will last a couple of weeks and then it will be back to normal.
On the plus side (and a big plus) is that we got all new treadmills in the Payne Center. I think that I am one of the few people that doesn’t absolutely detest running on the treadmill. I think it is because of the way that I approach the contraption. Just as with swimming, if I start a treadmill session without a plan (you plan to fail) then I will run fairly easy and get bored. If I get bored then my perceived exertion starts to sky rocket. Before long I have shut the beast down after only a couple of marginal miles.
So we got much needed new treadmills. The last set lasted 5 years – they were brand spanking new the month I started at USM. But they really started to wear out after the first 4 years. I stopped using them. First they would automatically shut down when you were running fast – fast for me is mid 6’s. You would be running along on your tempo and bam the treadmill would power down. I assume the motor would get hot. After it completely shut down you could fire it back up and get a another mile of so and then it would happen again. I started to make a game out of it – treadmill random fartlets. Not my ideal workout but it was manageable - I could still run my comfortable 8 minutes per mile paces and listen to a podcast for an hour.
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