Seventy-seven miles on the treadmill this week.
Between weather and scheduling the treadmill was my only option for running and although it can be boring, I am so grateful to have this tool in my house! I’ve closed the vents in the basement so it’s a perfect 55 degrees down there and my phone is loaded with podcasts. This week I learned about gene editing, the “Frikis” of Cuba, and of course all the details of Adnan Syed’s new hearing! I’ve also downloaded a few audiobooks on my Overdrive app for this coming week since it doesn’t look like winter’s over yet.
Enough about my entertainment – let’s talk about the training! This was my first week on my coach’s plan that will lead me to (fingers crossed) a 2:50 finish at the Glass City Marathon in April. I’ve just been doing one hard workout per week recently so I was nervous about stepping it up to two and running one of the workouts at a quicker pace — especially on the treadmill.
I’m not sure if I’ve been underestimating myself or whether my treadmill calibration is off, but I exceeded my expectations, nailing both workouts, completing all scheduled miles, and feeling fairly fresh to boot!
Monday: 3.5 @ 8:48 pace at 5:15 in the morning. Woke up from a bad dream at 3 am and finally gave up on getting back to sleep. Felt a little off during the run and a little queasy at work until about 4 pm. By the time it was time to get on the treadmill again (7 mi @ 8:29) I felt great. Strange!
Tuesday: 8 miles @ 7:14 overall average including some “kilometers” and “400s” on the treadmill. Instead of doing the arithmetic with mileage on the treadmill display, I converted the workout to 3:50 hard/3:10 jog recovery, then 90 sec/90 sec. I usually advise against running faster than half marathon-10k pace on the treadmill so I was a little apprehensive about this and especially excited when it went smoothly!
Wednesday: 11 miles @ 8:21 pace.
Thursday: 10 miles @ 7:23 overall average including 25′ tempo averaging 6:15. Broke it into 5 minute sections increasing the pace each time. I told myself that between 10-25 minutes would be the most challenging but that was where I started to feel smooth!
Friday: 7 miles @ 8:28 pace, then 3 miles @ 8:26 before bed.
Saturday: 18 miles @ 8:03 average on the treadmill. Seriously. A tight schedule (mid-day meeting) combined with past hypothermia experience made this the best choice. Listened to some good podcasts and planned a break around 11 miles since my treadmill stops after 99 minutes anyway. Threw in a 6:40 at miles 11 and 17 and let myself roll under 8 min pace in the last 7. Then straight to the refrigerator followed by a shower and on with the day!
Sunday: Freezing again in the morning and my parents were in town so opted for some Cuban French toast instead. Got on the treadmill in the afternoon for 6.8 until JB woke up and ran another 3 in the evening to complete the day’s scheduled 9+.
Total = 77.3 miles with some good quality!