One of the hardest parts of training in the week leading up to a race is not pushing too hard. I wish today was a manic Monday but that wasn’t the case. It was quite relaxing for the most part and I didn’t get to the treadmill until about eight o’clock. I set the Proform XP590S at an incline of 5.0 and started out with a speed of 3.0. After a few minutes, I increased to 3.2 and stayed there for most of the time until 2.0 miles had been covered. Unfortunately, the Nike+ app reached the target first but I won’t be losing any sleep over that. As a slave to banality, I actually did get back onto the treadmill after removing my shoes, in order to walk until the app reached the two mile mark. However, my feet started to hurt and it didn’t deem getting sore toes over. By the way, unless you’re accustomed to running barefoot – don’t. Yes, that’s an order.
I was a sweaty mess when finally finished. My arms were tired from gripping the hand rails to keep myself moving forward…but in one place. You know what I mean. The incline makes a huge difference and I was more than challenged at the speed of 3.2. The idea of running for a few minutes crossed my mind briefly; but then my brain swatted that thought away because I won’t risk injury before the race. Speaking of the race, I went to the event’s official website to see the course and discovered that most of it will be on the beach. The beach! You must understand that Daytona Beach has compact sand which is why it’s great for driving. However, you’ve got to wear shoes to run on it or your feet will curse you. I know this because I made that mistake once. However, a beach run is going to be fantastic and I’m now super-excited to participate in the first annual SantaHustle 5K. No retreat, no surrender and no excuses! This was My Fitness Revolution: Day 402.