|30th Aug||Rest Day|
|1st Sep||Rest Day|
|TOTAL||1035.47||1666.48||8 days 04:58:30||25,006||24,707||115,315|
Well that wasn't so bad after all, but I'm glad I only have 1 more week on the treadmill.
It's the Manx Harriers 20k walk this weekend and, since I won't be there, this morning I decided to see if I could manage the distance on the treadmill.
I started off at a steady pace, around 12:20 per mile, as I had no interest in trying to set a quick time and was more interested in spending around 2.5 hours on my feet. I also knew if I started off too quick there was no chance I would finish as I would overheat too early.
The odd thing I found with walking on the treadmill is the quicker you walk the easier it gets, ignoring the heat issue, as I was really struggling to 'power walk' at 12:20 pace.
At the 5k mark I increased the speed to around 8.5kph, approx 11:30 pace, and it felt a lot easier as I was able to relax into a comortable rythem and take more of advantage of the treadmill doing some of the work for me, something which does't work quite so well at slower speeds as it feels you are fighting against the belt.
The next 90 minutes was more of a mental battle than physical, so excellent prep for the centurion walk in 3 weeks time. As the KM's ticked by I started to get hotter and hotter and started to wonder if the air conditioning had stopped working.
I also thought the treadmill was faulty too because whenever I looked at the distance it never moved!
At 18k, knowing the finish wasn't far off, I increased the speed to 9.5kph, around 10:10 pace and just hoped I wouldn't overheat in the last 10-15 minutes.
At 19.5k I increased the speed to 10kph, 9:40 pace, and just tried to hang on for the final sprint, eventually clocking 20k in 02:24:09, an average pace of 11:38 per mile.
After a few minutes cooling down I stepped off the treadmill but had trouble walking in a straight line, but I played it cool and pretended I wasn't walking towards the exit anyway and just carried on walking sideways towards the water supply and refilled my bottle. I don't think any of the other gym folk noticed....
That's when I realised there was a set of scales next to the water machine. I was a bit annoyed I didn't notice them sooner because I would like to have known how much water I had lost during that session, and I certainly have no plans of doing another treadmill 20k anytime soon!
And don't forget, the second part of my challenge is to try and raise £2,016 for Finley's Tracks and all donations are welcome here. A big thank you to everyone who has already sponsored me online or offline, and to those who have pledged to donate later.