We've got 24 miles of running plus three very solid weight lifting workouts to talk about. My number one fitness goal for this week was to get in some good running and I made it. This was my first week back on the treadmill for weekday running, a necessary change after taking a fall in the dark last week.
A few years ago when I first started running on the treadmill, it was unbelievably hard and I want you to know that it took a long time to adjust. It's been well worth it, treadmill running is now much easier physically and I'm much faster on the treadmill than off it. The mental side is sometimes a different story.
Stuff I do to cope with treadmill running (p.s. this is the treadmill that I have and why I got it):
- I have everything I could possibly need or want with me on the treadmill: water, towel, remote controls for the TV and fan.
- TV is a must. I have designated treadmill TV shows that I only watch on the treadmill. Here's a list of some of my all time TV treadmill favs, right now I'm watching season 1 of Suits on Amazon Prime.
- Everyone else in my family is still asleep when I start my workouts, so being quiet is also a must. I listen to the TV audio on my airpods.
- I always run the first mile without a fan, and then I treat myself by turning it on.
- Yes I take breaks. For more mental than physical reasons, every once in a while I need to hit pause and walk around the basement for a minute. I try to limit this because once I stop it's harder to start, but I don't beat myself up for it.
- My treadmill and Garmin do not agree on distance. Every once in a while the Garmin comes out ahead for distance, but usually it's 5-10% behind. After consulting the internet, I let the treadmill make the call on the distance. I use the Garmin to record my HR and workout time and then adjust the workout distance to match the treadmill. (The model of Garmin that I have doesn't have an option to calibrate treadmill distance, I've seen a lot of mixed reviews on footpods, and meh, it's just not that important).
Tuesday: 5 treadmill miles, workout inspired by Sarah. One mile warm up, 5 minutes fast/5 minutes easy, 4 minutes fast/4 minutes easy, 3 minutes fast/3minutes easy, 2 minutes fast/2 minutes easy, 1 minute fast/1 minute easy, cool down to get to 5 miles. I didn't remember the workout exactly as she did it but nevertheless, it was fantastic and the time flew by.
Wednesday: no running, weights at lunch
Thursday: 5 treadmill miles, repeats of half mile fast/quarter mile recover
Friday: 3 treadmill miles, every half mile I did one minute incline, alternating 3% and 6%. In the last half mile I got bored so I did an extra set of inclines. Weights at lunch.
Saturday: back outside and whomp whomp it was hot out there. I did my favorite 8 mile loop (3 miles to the park - 2 mile trail - 3 miles back). Ideally I would have done 10 miles but I figured it was better to stick with a shorter, more difficult route than to pick an easy one and go for the distance.
Sunday: off and looking forward to catching up with my workout buddies on the Weekly Run Down. Head over to Kim and Deborah to check it out.
Half Marathon #2 Forecast and Thoughts
My 2nd half marathon is next Saturday. It's been very hot this weekend and everyone has been joking that means it will snow next weekend. If only. Last week the forecast was low of 50/high of 64 for race day, and the outlook has changed just a bit in the past week.
So look, either the forecast is going to be wrong or I'm going to get a chance to see how my hot weather running performance has improved since May. Tune in next week to hear about every last detail.
I'd love to hear if anyone else runs faster on the treadmill than off it, and everyone's tips for getting through their treadmill runs. Feel free to leave a link to your blog in your comment so that it's easy for folks to find you;-)