1.28.2009

Found the ceiling

I was in the mood to test my limits and the limits of the treadmill this morning. On the schedule I had a three-mile recovery run plus four sprints (although I ended up doing four miles and five sprints).

I was really rocking the sprints, easily doing nine mph and 9.5 mph. So I kicked it up to 10 mph for the last sprint. I was feeling really good at 10 mph, so I pushed it up to 11. That felt good, so I thought, "let's find out what this baby can do." I started increasing the speed, but once I hit 12, that was it. The treadmill maxed out at 12 mph.

At first I thought that was pretty wimpy. I really thought that the speed would just keep on going up--that there wouldn't be a speed limit on the machine. But then I realized that 12 mph is a 5:00 min/mile pace and that you really shouldn't be going much faster than while on a six-foot long strip of rubber. Really at that speed you're asking to trip, fly off the machine, and smash into the wall.

Lesson of the day: the treadmill maxes out at 12 mph--don't get too fast.

6 comments:

raulgonemobile said...

Funny! I'm nowhere near able to keep that pace, and I worry about flying off the treadmill anyway.

Jess said...

Wow, amazing pace! I had no idea that the treadmill had a max speed.

Marcy said...

Just think of the things you could launch off that baby. Like my kids :P

RunToFinish said...

HOLY COW! I haven't made it up to 9.0 yet, but I'm sure with this new training I'll have to test that limit at some point... you've shown me it's possible

Viv said...

WOW you found the limit on the TM and I always find out their min speed.

nwgdc said...

I would be holding on for DEAR LIFE at that speed.
I may have to try it...