I know that I should be grateful that not one of my runs has been rained out since I started marathon training this summer, and don’t get me wrong, I am. But a 12 miler scheduled on a stormy Sunday, with no wiggle room to push later into the week, means only one thing.
Oh treadmill, we have not seen each other in a very long time and although we parted on good terms, I can’t say that I am pleased to see you today.
I have a rocky relationship with the treadmill. There have been times when I have run for miles on end without even flinching, and others when I can tolerate about 30 minutes before going batty. Recently, it has been the later. Which makes sense when you see the beautiful path I typically run on. Needless to say, it took a lot of motivation (and supplies) to get me out the door and to the gym…where the treadmill was waiting.
In true Jen style (insert comment from Mom now), I found a friend on the treadmill to my left, who is also training for the Chicago marathon and chatting with her made my first 6 miles fly by. Before going to the gym, I had decided that I would do a shorter workout and this was confirmed when I realized I didn’t bring any nutrition. The new game plan was 10 miles. I kept a steady 7.0mph pace for most of my run, but with 1.5 miles to go, I started getting a little knee pain. Not wanting to irritate anything too much, I slowed down for a few minutes before spiking back up for a sprint to the finish. I didn’t keep track of my time, but was proud of accomplishing 10 miles on a day when it would have been much easier to stay attached to my couch.
I have never done 10 miles on a treadmill before, and I’m hoping I never have to again : ) I made sure to stretch when I was done, as I am heading into my last big week of running before my official taper begins.
Do prefer to run inside or outside?
What do you do when your run is rained out?