Okay, so let's talk about the YMCA for a moment. The Y here is quite nice for a small town. It's also very reasonably priced. Being a serious runner, I was totally stoked when I discovered they had purchased two new TMs. Before that, out of 8, there were only 2 that I would even consider running on. Steve, the Head Honcho at the Y, asked me to 'test' one of the new TMs last week. I got on and did an easy 4 miles. It was nice and smooth, just like it should be. One fault I found was that it didn't display your pace in MPM, like 7.5 is 8:00 pace. So... today when I wanted to do a progression run, I decided to use Old Faithful TM. I got on and cranked out 9 miles, getting up to 9.0. Then all of a sudden it was like I was bike riding over big rocks! What in the world is going on? The whole belt felt like it was going to explode. I had on my i-pod, but from people turning to look, i knew it was making some awful noise, too. I really, I mean REALLY wanted to finish the workout (12 miles). I also wanted to be able to see my overall mileage average when finished, and I knew if I stopped, I wouldn't get that. My friend Heidi was in there riding a stationary bike and she turned around and did that hand motion in front of her neck to show me to 'cut it.' Ughh, so I stopped it. She started to snicker, which soon led to a whole fitness room of laughter. Even I couldn't contain myself and started laughing. Anita, the cleaning lady, came over and said, "I knew it would only be a matter of time before you burned that thing up." Being the trooper that I am, I quickly wiped Old Not-So-Faithful down and moved to the new TM. I finished my 3 miles in peace, getting all the way up to 9.3. As I was leaving, I stopped by the desk to tell Steve what had happened. He said the same thing had happened yesterday to a 'bigger' guy that cranked it up to 8.0. I didn't feel so bad after hearing that. No harm done, right?
In RR news, my progression run was a success and can go on record as my first semi-speedwork in quite awhile. It feels pretty good...
Only she who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible. ~Robin Morgan
Edited to add: Hi, everyone! Thanks so much for every one's comments. I really appreciate you taking the time to read. I have changed the setting of the comments section to not accept anonymous comments. I just like to know who's posting, ya know what I mean?