Sure, the weather is excellent for running in DC these days, but my lack of access to mountains during the busy work week means far too many hours must still be spent climbing the old hamster wheel indoors. The good/bad news is, we recently acquired a new treadmill that has the insane ability to ramp itself up to a 30% incline. I didn't even know anything higher than 15% was available until now....and I kinda wish I was still unaware of this fact. The reason being, if you put me on a machine that can be run at a 30% incline, I'm going to jack it right up there and run at 30%. Of course, what I realized about 60 seconds after starting my first workout on that steep of a grade is "running" is only possible for about 61 seconds. After that I'm forced to slow it down and yell out, "Let the shuffling commence!".
MMT on May 14, so I'll keep coming back for my regular 30% beatings until then. It's pretty amazing how quickly you can rack up 4,000 ft. of gain on this thing (what's less-than amazing is how quickly you want to pass out immediately thereafter)! If anyone else wants to suffer like me, here's the link to this beast on the FreeMotion website.