So this happened on Saturday morning…
On Friday, I was seriously considering not registering, since my first week of training was not going as planned. It was cold and miserable outside, and my digestive system was staging a major rebellion against all the holiday eating. I thought “Really? 18 weeks of this?” But Lincoln fills up fast, and Jordan convinced me to register. He said I’d regret it if I didn’t, because I love training and racing. The man knows me well. So I signed up.
Let’s talk a little more about that crummy first week of training. Christmas break had me all excited to get in lots of outdoor running. I didn’t have to be at work, so there was really no reason to not run outside, right?
Well, I guess those are reasons. I felt like a weenie staying inside every day, but before it snowed, it rained. Rain in December means ice, and temperatures that never get above 20 mean ice that doesn’t melt. So I went to the treadmill. Call me a wimp if you want, but I’m a wimp without injuries, so there’s that.
Here’s how my treadmill-full week went.
9 miles with 4 at tempo — my first tempo run in months. It was hard, as tempo runs always are for me. I also did two rounds of the Runner 360 post-run.
11 miles easy. That was my longest treadmill run in quite some time, but I discovered a new show to help get me through. Anybody watch How to Get Away With Murder?
Plus, I had this sweet new medal hangar (a Christmas gift from my in-laws) to motivate me.
5.3 recovery miles. I had to add the .3 because I was NOT ending the year with a decimal. I have issues. So I ended 2014 with a nice, even 2305 miles. After my run, I did some core work and, believe it or not, stretched!
I was going to run outside Thursday. The temperature was up to a whopping seven degrees by mid-morning, which is cold, yes, but doable, especially since the sun was shining. And then J pointed out that seven and sunny does not melt ice. And he pointed out all the unshovelled sidewalks. So back to the basement I went for 9 easy miles and some strength training.
We had to go to Loveland (about an hour and 20 minutes away) to do some shopping and meet up with friends, so I had to run before daylight. So this would’ve been a treadmill run regardless of the temperature outside (which was cold, anyway). 5 recovery miles followed by core work and stretching again. Who am I?
On a side note, one thing I was shopping for was YakTrax or something similar so that I would be more able to run outside when conditions are like they were this week. (I tried the screws-in-shoes thing at our Christmas lights run, and while they were okay for 4 miles, they were bugging my feet by the end). One of the friends we were shopping with (who is moving and trying to get rid of lots things), said she had a pair that she’d never used and that I could have them. Score!
Side note #2: We went to see Unbroken. It was amazing. Go watch it.
I should have titled this post “My Husband Is Always Right.” Saturday morning, I was sick of the treadmill. I did not want to be on it for 15 miles. It was my first week of training, dang it, and I needed an outside run. I didn’t care if it was cold and icy and slow. I said all of this to J, who argued that I needed to stay inside. It was still very icy and not very safe out there, he said. And, looking at the radar on his weather app, a nasty storm was on its way.
Grumpily, I went downstairs. To make the run bearable, I watched Sleepless in Seattle (thank goodness for Amazon Prime) and every 10 minutes, I hopped off for a minute of strength or plyo moves. About 45 minutes in, it started snowing outside. Sideways. Once again, J was right — visibility would have been terrible if I had been outside, and most of the sidewalks were still not run-able, so it really would have been dangerous out there.
So I finished my 15 miles. Ta da.
An hour of yoga. I’m determined to do yoga at least once a week during this training cycle.
Total: 54.3 miles.
I was inclined to gripe about the treadmill, but then I realized how stupid that was. “Oh, poor me, I have to run on my own, personal treadmill, in the basement of my nice, warm, safe house, with a fan blowing on me and a movie on my laptop.” Wow. You really have it hard. *rolls eyes at self*
But I do plan to get outside soon. This cold snap is uncharacteristic of Colorado, and once the ice mostly melts off or I get my friend’s YakTrax, I’ll feel a lot safer out there.
But in the meantime, it’s back to work and back to treadmill runs at 0’dark thirty, so it’ll be Saturday before I venture back outside.
What’s the longest you’ve run on a treadmill?
Do you own YakTrax or something similar?
15 thoughts on “Lincoln Marathon Training: Week 1 (or, That Time I Ran 54 Miles on a Treadmill)”
Treadmill running sucks, any way you look at it, but you’ve got a pretty sweet set up, having it in your basement with TV and all. Either I have to sign up for a gym soon, or forgo my running when the weather gets too bad. Thankfully, I don’t think it gets like Colorado here in Hamburg.
Good week of training!
How cold and snowy does it get there?
probably not as cold or snowy as where you are (in the 20s is pretty standard) but it’s pretty icy…
You are lucky to have a treadmill in the comfort of your own home! I’d probably use it more often if we did too. Unfortunately I have to drive to the gym to use there’s. 😦 I cannot imagine running 15 miles on a TM! Way to go! I have only ever done 8 and that was tough.
I’m always impressed by your b.a. outdoor runs!
No, you are allowed to complain about the treadmill! I hate it, personal fan, safe house, movie… it still sucks!!!!! If I need the treadmill, I go to the gym (oh poor me, can afford a nice gym membership) but I will still complain about it!
The longest I have ever run on the treadmill is 18 miles. I did it at Planet Fitness. Hopped off once to refill my water bottle. I don’t know how I did it!!!!
Thanks for sympathizing with me! At least at the gym there’s good people-watching.
You are very lucky to have a treadmill at home, which makes it very convenient. I can NOT believe how cold it is there. I certainly would not be running outside. I have run in some cold conditions, but not that cold. I typically use sheet metal screws for traction and find them to be less noticeable and just as beneficial as YakTrax.
YAY for signing up for a marathon!! When is the marathon… 18 weeks, I’m too lazy to do the math. Haha.
I think I put my screws in wrong… I’ve seen pictures since of other people’s, and they have a ton more than I did. I think that would probably be better — I had too much pressure on each screw, I think.
It’s not usually that cold here, either. This weird cold snap needs to go away!
Please don’t feel like a wuss for running on the treadmill. To this costal gal, 30 degrees feels cold. I thought I was going to die on a recent trail run. It was probably 35 degrees…. I’m excited for you that you signed up for the marathon!
Maybe I should just move in with you for the winter!
Treadmill running doesn’t bother me too much, until you are on that thing for double digit runs. The cold weather was the worst part about break! Good luck today back with the kiddos!
I don’t hate it like some people do, but I get sick of it. How”s your first week back going?
Awesome first week! My longest run was 10 miles but ive never done a full…yet;)
Does that “yet” mean there’s one on the horizon?