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The Long Run, Week 10: Any Which Way But Loose

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As you can see, my long run didn’t go as originally planned… and even the new plan was continuously edited. Between working too much overtime, having a sick baby AND a sick husband (and now am sick again, myself), there was just no way I could dedicate a solid chunk of time to the 16 mile long run that my training plan was calling for. I just didn’t have that sort of time available. What I did have were several short blocks of time. So, I got my run in however, whatever, whenever, wherever possible.

Ultimately that meant three runs during my three breaks at work, and one run, at home, after work. I didn’t get to eat as much as I would’ve liked but I did get to scarf down enough to keep me going.

I PR’d three times – actually probably not a good thing for what was supposed to be a long, easy run, but that is what it took to get the mileage in during my allotted time for breaks. I paid the price for those PRs in three days of IT pain. My legs were tired Sunday and dead Monday.

I wanted to push for a total of 18 miles, but between time constraints and feeling flu-ish, it wasn’t looking like a likely scenario. When I found myself surrounded by singing coyotes with nary a house (safety) around, I turned back early and did my best to keep my fear at bay as I jogged towards home. Considering how my legs felt in the days following, I’ll consider it a good thing I decided to stick to the training plan’s distance instead.

Regardless of not meeting my desired distance goal, I’m proud of powering through a difficult situation and getting my run(s) in. Have you ever faced a situation where you had to break your long run up into smaller runs? Did you feel like it was physically harder than one single long run?

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Treadmill Tell-all: AKA My Rant of the Month

With Old Man Winter laying the smack down on poor runners all across the Nation, many are forced to hit the dreaded treadmill to maintain their training schedules. I’m not gonna lie – I HATE the treadmill. But, I am grateful to have access to one since the weather and my schedule haven’t been jiving.

Today, I came across this article at Run With Jess and another at Marcia’s Healthy Slice and thought I’d jump on the bandwagon, too. If you have a blog, feel free to write your own edition of Treadmill Tell-All… leave your link here and I’ll check your blog out!

1. What’s your favorite workout to do on a treadmill? The only treadmill workout that could qualify as a favorite for me is the one that is OVER WITH. In the past. Bye bye. For this reason it’s always hard to keep my pace as slow as I’m scheduled to do. I want to go faster just to get it over with.

2. How many miles, on average, do you run on the mill each week? Usually none, but, with a Spring marathon looming and being that I hate single digit temps even worse than the mill… I’ve been running 3 – 10 miles per week during the worst of the weather.

3. What was the most mileage you’ve ever completed on the mill in one workout? When? Why? 6.5 miles yesterday, in the gym at work, before my shift. I stared at my front teeth for a solid hour. I wanted to run outside, despite the dark, but the roads were slippery ice, AND it was 7 degrees out – colder than I care to be out in. (With a 13 mile long run coming up Saturday, and not a single day off for the weekend, I may log my longest treadmill run this weekend. Oh, but I hope not.)

4. Do you mill at home, the gym or both? I’m thankful to have a gym at work because I don’t own a treadmill. If I keep having to use it, though, I’m going to go insane. There’s only so much of the news channel I can stand. I may have to buy a treadmill just so I can watch a different channel while I run!

5. What distractions or entertainment (if any) do you use to help pass the time? I would love to be able to watch movies or a sitcom comedy while on the mill, but I don’t have that option. So, I entertain myself by reading the closed caption readout of the news (and looking for all the misspelled words), staring at my front teeth in the mirror, and (THANK YOU, JESUS) listening to my iPod or Slacker radio on my iPhone.

6. If you have a treadmill at home, what kind is it? How old is it? No extra dinero to shell out for a mill. I do have some killer Jessica Simpson heels and Harley Davidson boots I’d be willing to part with… Anyone want to trade? 🙂

7. Do you fuel any differently for a treadmill workout than an outside one? My differences in fuel are really only affected by distance.

8. Any treadmill mishaps to report?
On a nearly 5 mile mill run, I got exasperated with a string of crappy songs coming on Slacker radio (was trying a new station), so I ripped my Skullcandy earbuds off and threw them (I thought out of the way). One side got sucked under the mill and was ripped from the other side. I was sad. Those were my best buds. 😦

9. Do you mill at incline to compensate for not being outside? Usually a 2% incline, sometimes 1% if I’m struggling mentally.

10. Describe your perfect (if there is such an animal) treadmill conditions: treadmill at the bottom of a lake, and me jogging a tree-lined trail around that lake on a beautiful 50 degree day. No, seriously, I guess it would be a grid of huge tv’s surrounding the mill with some sort of virtual trail stretching before me, playing on video so it feels like I’m outside. And, to be perfect, it would need to have options – mountain trail, flat forests, lake-side, beach, etc. I’m sure Bill Gates has already developed it. So, if you run into him, let him know I would love to be a product tester, ok?!

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Run of the Mill Boredom

THIS is what I do when boredom sets in on the treadmill – try not to fall and break my leg while snapping “abstract” pics (sounds better than shaky, blurry pics on my crappy phone).

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And the following, found in my notepad, is my hubby’s opinion on how to alleviate treadmill boredom…

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