Jasmine’s Treadmill (mostly) Training Log 2.1.2015

I try to break out my wooly mittens at least once a week to keep things interesting.
I try to break out my wooly mittens at least once a week to keep things interesting.

I guess this is the first followup post in a series on training for a spring marathon almost entirely on a treadmill. I’m not that boring. I do try to make it outside once a week. Right now, that once a week is Sunday when I meet my running club gang. They run in freezing rain, snowstorms and shine. This week week we ran in a snowstorm, and I went with some faster guys in the front. Seventeen miles with these guys was not my plan. It just sort of happened.

The beginning of the week also didn’t go as planned, but for other reasons.

 

The week started out with three days off for overtraining prevention after struggling at the end of last week. It might have actually been too much time off, but that’s fine. The lesson to be learned for me, I think, is that I can’t handle running doubles. I can’t split my mileage up and run doubles totaling the same mileage. So, I dumped doubles. Poof! They are gone. No more doubles.

Monday-Wednesday off for overtraining prevention.

Thursday I planned to resume with 3-minute treadmill intervals (roughly 800’s). I ran three then I cut myself off  somewhere into the fourth because I felt stale and didn’t need to do them to the point of injury. I choose to have a low risk tolerance for injury. I shouldn’t have started them slightly fast at 10.3mph. Finished 10 miles.

Friday. 10 miles

Saturday 11 miles

Sunday, 17 miles with the running club guys in a snowstorm. It looks like we were somewhere around the 7:20/mi range and sometimes a little faster, plus two group bathroom break stops.

Week: 48 miles + three days off.

Year: 304 miles

How’s your training going?

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9 comments

    1. I could’t do more than two miles of marathon pace without thinking I was about to get injured. While MP might be hard in training, it technically is in our easy ranges. The next two days of easy running were fatiguing.

      1. It’s interesting that you feel like doubles are harder on you than singles. I think doubles are easier for me for the same mileage. Based on your long run I’m guessing you are feeling better!

  1. All my runs last week were strong and on-pace. When I headed out yesterday a cold front had moved back in and it was 5 degrees. The wind was biting my face and I only made it 1/4 mile down the road before I turned around and came back home. I felt pathetic. But thankfully I made it to the Y and redeemed myself on the treadmill. Yay for the ‘mill! Crossing my fingers for another great week of running!

  2. I have a threadmill at home since a few months now. It’s a very simple (and budget) mill, and it already got broke once but my hubby managed to fix it. It is my first one and I bought it just to see if it works for me. I’m loving it! I don’t have to go out in the dark anymore and it is perfect to squeeze in a quality work out when I have very little time. I always felt that running the threadmill isn’t quite the real thing, but I might have to review that… 😉 Good luck with your threadmill marathon training!

    1. Turns out that the rattling and shaking on my treadmill was the screws on the feet in the back loose. Funny right? There is probably a lesson in here somewere that we all should be inspecting our treadmills every once in a while for loose stuff.

      It seems like you have to make a little effort to force this treadmill dream to be more like the real thing: Get off every few miles and pace around your house and get water like you really would outside when you get to a major intersection. It is so easy to set the pace and forget, you have to make an effort to run progressive runs.