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The power to get through 17 on the treadmill…

Not really me.

Not really me.

I usually don’t mind running on the treadmill. It allows me to get miles in, do hill repeats, and work on speed all indoors.  But what I don’t like is doing long runs on the treadmill. I typically run one long run a week; usually on a Saturday morning. Today I woke up to ice and snow outside and due to my recent concussion I knew I couldn’t take any chances of falling on ice outside so I was forced to the treadmill.  I had 17 miles on the agenda today. I knew it was going to be hard on a treadmill. I have only ever done one run over 16 miles on the treadmill and it felt painful. I came up with ways to make the run more interesting and entertaining for me. Here’s some things to try on your next treadmill long run that worked for me:

1. Scheduled breaks:  when I run a long run outside, I typically stop for watch and a GU gel or Clif Shot Blocks every hour to refuel.  I applied this to my indoor run as well. I bargained with myself that every hour I would stop, get off the treadmill, hydrate, and turn the laundry over (see #3).

2. TV: I also bargained with myself that I would allow myself to being Season One of Downton Abby. I needed to know what all the hype was. So I set up my iPad and turned on Netflix and got through 3 full episodes. There were times were I wasn’t paying attention at all to the show, but that’s ok, it was there to occupy my mind during tough times.

3. Laundry: if I’m going to be in my house for 2.5 hours, I better get some serious laundry done. And I did. I’m very lucky to have a treadmill in my basement right next to the washer and dryer. At every break on the hour, I turned the laundry over. I had some serious laundry to fold when I was done, but doing laundry made me feel even more productive.

4. Summer running clothes: when you run inside, you can dress for any weather.

Today's running outfit; really me.

Today’s running outfit; really me.

And that got me excited to wear my running skirt and tank without a huge jacket, gloves, long tights, etc. It felt good to be running without the layers.

Treadmill distance running is hard for me. Well, lets face it, all running is hard for me. I read a lot of blogs and tweets and posts by other runners and treadmill running seems to come easy for them. They can get on the treadmill and hours will fly by.  I, however, feel every mile. I want to check my distance every 30 seconds. I want to slow down at the next mile. It takes a lot of mental coaching to get my own self through a long distance treadmill run.

With all that being said, I’m proud of myself for pushing out 17 miles and for doing it on the treadmill.

17 treadmill 2

*Yes, the calories burned are incorrect. My treadmill starts over after 1,000.

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Favorite time of day to run….

When do you run?Every runner’s schedule and training plan differs.  And deciding when to do your run may primarily be impacted by the other obligations in your life. Runners that are are on a strict training plan tend to preplan their runs and when it’ll work best for them.  Others run for fun and when they feel like it or the weather is good.

I wish I was a morning runner.  I’m a morning person for sure and definitely like to get my weekend runs done first thing. But during the week when I know I have to get up early for work, its a lot for me to wake up 2 hours earlier to run; especially when it’s cold out.  During the week, I fit my runs in right after work. I drive from work to the gym and get on the treadmill first thing or I drive straight home if I’m going to run outside.  Any stops along the way, and I usually lose my motivation.  However, on the weekends, I run first thing in the morning. I set out my gear the night before and set the automatic coffee maker.

Is there any best time of day to run?  I don’t believe so.  You need to run when your schedule allows you to. A lot of people have to balance work, kids, and other responsibilities.  So typically, their run isn’t first on their daily priority list.

What is your favorite time of the day to get your run in?

What impacts what time of day you run?

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Rewarding yourself

rewardsAs with any goal, you should always look to reward yourself. Not only so you have something to work towards but also so you remember what you did to reach that goal.   The end of a training cycle is not just reaching the finish line; but also the struggle and commitment it took to get to the finish line.  Celebrate your daily/weekly devotion and effort.

When I first started running, I would reward myself with an awesome dinner or some wine. Then I started running more often and longer and I was packing on the pounds.  I realized my reward was counterproductive to my goals. I have since learned that I want to celebrate the journey and have a reminder of what I accomplished.

Here are some of my favorite ways to reward myself:

1.  New running clothes!

runingskirt

My thought is that if you use the ones you have often enough; its time to shop for more.  And who doesn’t get excited for that first workout in new clothes? One of my new favorite online running apparel stores is RunningSkirts.com.  They keep me stylish while sweating it out!

2.  Sleeping!

There’s nothing I look forward to then taking a nice mid day nap after my long runs.  I let myself sleep as long as I want with a movie of my choice playing in the background. My muscles get to relax and my body can rest.

3.  Race Bling!

ericasara26.2necklace

When I ran my first marathon, I promised myself a 26.2 commemorative necklace to mark my triumph.  And the day after the race, I placed my order. And now I wear it everyday to remember the journey that got me to the finish line.  EricaSaraDesigns.com makes great jewelry to keep you motivated during training and to reward yourself!

4.  Signing up for another race!

When you accomplish one race, keep going and look towards the next with a different goal. Whether it be to run a longer distance, run faster, conquer a trail run or a hard course, or to just run for fun.

*I was not paid by any retailers mentioned in this blog.  And I realize I abused the use of exclamation points – sorry.

How do you reward yourself?

 

 

 

 

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