I always think of a tempo run as something that’s supposed to get your body familiar with a faster pace. So running one on the treadmill seems like cheating to me (because you just set it and go), but we all can’t always run outside, so go ahead a call me a cheater.
Besides I haven’t officially started my training plan anyway. Technically, I can do whatever I want and actually, I wanted to do a tempo run because I’m weird and I like them. So while T Junior slept off his fever, I fired up my running machine.
I walked a quarter mile and ran .75 to warm up, then set the ‘mill at an 8:20 pace for three miles while watching the NCAA women’s swimming championships and listening to my St. Paddy’s Day playlist twice. ESPN U has really been saving me lately. I cooled down for one more mile, ending with a total of five.
The last half-mile of my cool down was brutal. Why? Well, I was running slow, but I could barely catch my breath watching the fly portion of a 400 individual medley. Zoe and I swam one lap of butterfly a couple weeks ago. I basically tried not to die. Butterfly is like prolonged drowning. It’s evil. In fact, I bet the devil just looooves swimming butterfly. You know, if he swims.
Satan swimming butterfly totally makes me think of those Seahawks commercials in which Eugene Levy was the devil. Does anyone else remember these ads? I’m so sad I can’t find them online. I can’t even find a picture. The Internet sucks!
So now I’m way off topic, but there’s not really a lot to write about when you do a tempo run on the treadmill. Besides, I’m pissed that I can’t find a picture of Eugene Levy as the devil to go with this post. I’m sort of not getting over it right now.
Do you do tempo runs? Do you like or loathe them? What do you watch while you’re on the treadmill? I have a hard time watching anything with an actual story line since the TV has to be on, like, 150 for me to hear it.