Although it’s finally gone away, I thought I’d share one of the sights I saw this week when I left my house.
a small patch of (dirty) snow with autumn leaves
It just hit me one day how odd it was to have these isolated patches of snow with leaves. Probably odder because temps were in the 50s and 60s this week.
can't get enough of dirty snow pics, right?
Anyway, it’s finally gone, and presumably, next time there’s snow there won’t be so many leaves on top. But, you never know.
Earlier this week I had
whined about mentioned how I had done something to a back muscle meaning I was taking a break from exercise. These things happen, but I was a little annoyed because one of my goals for the month is to work my distance up to 6.5 miles (from 6.2–I like my increments small). Well, of course taking a break gave me time to heal and I was back in the gym by the end of the week. And, I can now say, one goal down! I hit 6.5 miles on Saturday. I hope to repeat that through the course of the month (Saturday is when I have time to go for distance), but knowing I’ve already been there takes the “pressure” off.
One eensy weensy factor that takes the joy out of my mileage total….contrary treadmills. As I mentioned, I’m going for distance, but not distance in a certain amount of time. So, once I started to hit around 6 miles, these treadmill forays took me more than an hour (I think the 6.5 miles took me 68 minutes [and I do pause the treadmill for breaks periodically, which don't factor into the time]). And I discovered a snag. The first time I hit the 60:00 on the treadmill, the treadmill automatically put itself into cool down mode. I had to restart and calculate how much distance I had left.
The next time, I was prepared for it, but instead of shutting down, the treadmill took the 60:00 in stride and kept going. So, I knew it was capable of going beyond 60:00. The next time, I used the “Personal Trainer” workout option to tell the treadmill that I wanted to go a certain distance or time. And it worked! But this last time, I set the PT for 6.5 miles, and at 60:00 (5.79 miles) it automatically went into cool down. Again, I had to recalculate and start from 0, stopping when I got to .75 miles.
Now, I think I know why it worked the one time I tried it but not the other. I suspect that I gave the treadmill a time goal rather than a distance goal. So, if I tell it 65:00 minutes, it won’t shut off at 60:00. I think next time I’ll tell it I want to run for say, 75:00 and then just put it into cool down when I’ve met my goal. I *think* that will work, but of course the fact that it has worked before just makes it all the more maddening.
I can’t decide what annoys me more about this situation. On the one had is the fact that just as I’m closing in on the end of my run (and it’s not a pretty process; I’m huffing, puffing, and sweaty) I not only lose my groove, BUT I also have to do math to figure out how long I have before I’m done (I can handle running and I can handle math, but the combination does my head in)! On the other hand, as I move toward my goal distance, I do want the treadmill to say “Hey, you ran 6.5 miles!!!! Go you!” Not, “Hey, you ran 5.79 miles and .75 miles.” I want to see the “whole” number, because I’m amazed I got there.
Both factors annoy the hell out of me, but I’m gonna outsmart the treadmill yet (and in the meantime, celebrate meeting my goal).
Have you encountered a contrary machine, appliance, or device? Who won?