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:
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.
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.
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?