NINE MILES ON THE TREADMILL!
This is my first new PR of the year, haha. Prior to yesterday the longest I had run on a treadmill was seven miles, and if I recall I think I said “I will never do this again.” The nine miles actually weren’t all that bad though.
I watched the Green Bay game (booooo 49ers) and broke the run up into three mile segments. I forgot my water bottle at home, so I just told myself every three miles I would stop and get a drink at the water fountain.
Seeing the pack lose there at the end stunk, but my endorphins were flowing so the sting wasn’t so bad : )
Breaking the run into segments made the mental aspect of running on the treadmill much easier. So, I think if you ever find yourself doing a long run on the tread, give this method a try! It was so nice to think in 3-mile segments rather than one long 9 mile stretch.
When I checked my old running log, I found that yesterday’s nine was four minutes faster than the first time I ran nine miles (when I was training for the Fort Lauderdale half). I kind of thought I had made more progress than that … but I’ll take it. The first seven miles were a breeze, but then my right hip started getting tight, so I slowed my pace considerably.
I am now 45 days out from the Princess Half Marathon and feeling pretty confident about it. As long as I fuel right and pace myself correctly, I know I’ll get a new PR.
Aside from running, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed that it’s the first full week of work for the year. How did the holiday break go so fast? At least my first mini-vacation of the year is “soon.”
Adam and I finalized our vacation schedule for the year last weekend. This year we’re going to take a few short trips, and then we’ll plan a nice long, international trip for 2015.
On tap for this year:
- Vegas – Feb
- Boulder – August
- London – Sept
- Portland – October
- Caribbean (cruise) – November
It’s not a very balanced schedule since almost everything falls in the second half of the year, but that’s typical for us. My birthday is in August, Adam’s bday is in October and our anniversary is in November, and we tend to schedule trips around those dates.
The longest trip will be London. I’ve never been before and I am very excited to finally go… and to run there!
I hope your long run went well this weekend! I know a lot of you are currently in training for a half or full marathon. How’s it going? Feeling ready to PR?
Vacation plans for this year? Going anywhere exciting?