I Have a Half Marathon Training Confession…

Oh man, Thursday! It has been one of *those* weeks at work. I got home at 8pm on Monday night, 7:30pm on Tuesday night and 7pm last night (which is more or less my normal time). I hope to maybe get home before 7pm today. That would be nice.

I just keep reminding myself that this week is not normal and that I love my job. And that on Saturday I will be able to do this:

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Last night after I got home Adam and I ate tacos and then went to the gym.

I ran two miles on the treadmill and called it a night.

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Speaking of the treadmill, I have a confession to make about my training for the Princess Half… I did all of my long runs on the treadmill.

Seriously. 

This wasn’t recommended by my running coach (in fact, I haven’t even told her yet), but it was something I wanted to do as a mental exercise. I figured if I could mentally handle 2:30+ hours on the treadmill, I could do anything!

I did 95% of my short and medium length runs outdoors so that my legs would stay used to the road gradients and the heat, but every single long run was done on the treadmill.

I have another confession: I liked doing my long runs on the treadmill!

You don’t have to carry your water bottle(s) with you, there’s always a bathroom nearby, you can turn on the TV if you want… which I admittedly did towards the end of both of my 12-mile training runs.

Another plus is that if I slept in I could do my long run in the middle of the afternoon and still have my night free. It’s so hot here in south Florida all year that I could never do a long run in the middle of the afternoon outdoors.

Did doing my long runs on the treadmill actually make me mentally tougher? Who knows!

I want to say yes because… well, spending over two hours on a treadmill staring at the same wall is most definitely a mental challenge.

I don’t think I will continue to do long runs on the treadmill because I really love my beach loop, but it was an interesting experiment for me.

What is the longest run you’ve ever done on the treadmill? 

Do you hate the treadmill or think it’s okay?

12 comments

  1. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    Wow! I have never run 2.5 hours on the treadmill! You are mentally tough. But you are right- water, bathroom, the right temp… very nice things to have on a long run and you can control them if you’re inside on the ‘mill. When I trained for my first marathon, I barely ran during the week at all, I mostly ellipticaled. Crazy, I know. The longest I ran on the treadmill was 17 miles. It was that bad, I was listening to comedy albums on my mp3 player. 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      17 miles on the treadmill?!!? WOW! I’m impressed by 17 miles in general, but 17 on the treadmill trumps my 12.. even if you ran them faster than my 12 haha! 🙂

  2. Lisa

    I have to confess too my longest marathon training run, 22 miles was done on the treadmill too!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      WHAAAT?! That’s so crazy!! 22 miles on the treadmill! I am thoroughly impressed!

  3. The Running Schlub

    2.5+ hours on the treadmill, YIKES!! The longest run I have completed on a treadmill is about 2 or 3 miles. I cannot stand the treadmill. I need to be outside just running where the wind takes me. Although with my ITB pain recently, treadmill may be coming in regardless of my feelings lol.

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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I go in serious phases with the treadmill. I’ll go months with *wanting* to run on the treadmill and then go months will not running on it at all. I think since I pretty much only have one outdoor loop that I run, I need the treadmill sometimes just to break things up!

  4. Dana

    That is intense! The longest treadmill run that I’ve done is about an hour and a half (7 miles). The only reason it went smoothly was because there was a movie on the TV that I got sucked into, and I listened to my ipod while watching it so I had a lot of entertainment.;)

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      WOW that’s some serious coordination! Movie + iPod + running at the same time! It took me forever to be able to watch TV and run at the same time. I think if I added in a third variable I would fall off the treadmill! 🙂
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  5. Ali K. @ Hit the Ground Running

    I’ve done long runs on the mill, and you’re right! It’s sooo nice to be able to keep water right there and stuff. Plus, A/C! Plus, sleeping in! Plus, TV/movies!!

    I’m impressed you did them ALL that way, though. I think I’d get mentally dependent on it!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Yes! So many advantages! If you can get over the whole running in place thing, the treadmill really isn’t so bad. 🙂

  6. There’s Nothing Like a Night Run at the Beach | Kristina's Blog About Running

    […] The week before my half I didn’t run much because my right hip was so tight. Miraculously the morning of the race my hip felt perfectly normal. Then when I ran on the treadmill on Wednesday my hip started tightening up again. Last night it was back to normal. I think my body is telling me that it doesn’t want to run on the treadmill anymore! […]

  7. Karen

    You are a treadmill super hero! Reading your comments I can’t believe how long some of you can stay on treadmills! I have a hard time getting over 30 min. I have managed to do a 10k on rare occasions but that’s all for me. I agree it does take mental toughness to sty on a treadmill that long. The picture of Cecil is so cute 😉
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