Time – 43:37
Distance – 4.6 miles
Pace – 9:29 min/mi
Elevation – N/A (Treadmill miles)
The day got away from me, and I was finally able to get to the gym at 7:45 for a treadmill run. I did a slow first mile, then I ran the second at a 7.6 MPH pace, eased off the third, and then sped up to a 9:20ish pace until the end. All at 1% grade, although, apparently, the jury is still out on the usefulness of that. It’s like eggs, maybe you need them, maybe you don’t.
I’ve written about treadmills before. I’m not a fan. But I’m beginning to realize that you can’t buy a house just because it’s located near good running routes…
We’re looking to get a house this spring, which is awesome! The family has grown, and we’re ready to be done with renting. This means that the search is on.
Priorities range from number of beds and baths to fenced-in yards for dogs and space for an office. One of the things that we’ve been kicking around is location. We need it to be near the things we do (obviously), but one thing that I’m wavering on is location relative to running routes. It would be nice to be able to run down the driveway and have a smooth, reasonably safe roadway with a shoulder to use. Our current place is near campus and downtown, which makes for good sidewalks, exceptional roadside breakdown lanes, and plenty of possible running loops.
Some of the places we’ve been looking at would be nearly perfect, except for the running. Not everywhere around here has the kinds of running access I would be comfortable with. And running 5 days a week and having to drive to a trailhead or parking lot every single day would be problematic. Time has been tight up until now, and with Baby Girl’s arrival, I’m sure that it will get worse.
There are plenty of stories of runners doing lots of miles indoors on home treadmills. It’s not out of the question that this could be an option that gets us the house we want with the ability to make running something close to home and easy to maintain with our schedules. My commute is over 90 minutes total every day. I need to run very early or very late, and a treadmill might make this a viable option.
More research is necessary.