What’s it like for a sub-elite runner training almost exclusively on a treadmill? This training cycle we’re featuring Jasmine as she works toward a sub-3-hour marathon by hitting the ‘mill instead of hitting the road!
I just got back from a stressful weekend in Michigan. If you’ve been following along, you’ve read about me taking a new job in the suburbs of Detroit, which adds a whole new challenge in the middle of a training cycle. This weekend I went to do some scouting so I am ready to find a place to live, so I can start to finalize my relocation plans. All of this is going to happen in 2 weeks! Man, this is a stressful experience. Everything about it is stressful. Just what I need smack in the middle of marathon training!
Finding a good place to live is critical to my happiness. I need somewhere that is conducive to training. I’m finding there is nothing about any of the apartments that are going to make me happy. So I’m broadening my housing search. I did some searching and found a little lake house I’m interested in. It’s 2.5 miles from my office, a 6 minute drive. It has two decks and a dock. The house is nothing special or fancy, it is just one version of paradise I appreciate: close to my office, one mile from the freeway, and most importantly, within short running distance to a park with lots and lots of trails!
But this is really an update on my Pittsburgh marathon training mostly on a treadmill. We’ll get back to the moving topic soon. True to the theme, Monday through Friday I was inside on a treadmill. Then this weekend, I ran outside Saturday and Sunday on my trip to Michigan. Saturday, I went into downtown Detroit to meet the Run Detroit group. Sunday I went to the Hanson Running store in Lake Orion for what turned out to be 14 miles of beautiful hilly [frozen] dirt roads. The Hanson group was much more my style. I felt more at home with them. Not quite as much as my Cleveland group yet, but like the guys I ran with on Saturday. I even left with a running buddy phone number!
Monday: 5 miles easy then 5 miles easy. 10 total
Tuesday: Progressive easy range run. 10 miles around 8:00/mi average
Wednesday: LT cruise interval workout 4×10 minutes at 9.4 mph. I had to slightly reduce the incline from 1.5% to 1% partway through. I screwed up the third interval and took a minute rest and then started it over. Last rest was close to 2 minutes. All-in-all, I got the purpose of out of it. 10 miles total
Thursday 12 miles watching this stupid movie I found on Netflix called The Interview. I’m probably the only one who had never seen a trailer for it. Progressive averaging roughly around 8:00/mi.
Friday I put in 8 MP miles watching Californication. Yeah, it was so good I started it over again. Warmup, 8mi at 8.8mph at 1%, cool down. 10 miles total.
Saturday in Downtown Detroit outside. I went with the group in the front and took it kinda hard. 10 miles at 7:17/mi ave.
Sunday at the Lake Orion Hanson store for 14 miles of beautiful hilly snowy miles. This was fantastic. Strava says 7:19/mi ave.
Week total: 76 miles
Year total: 180 miles
And that’s a wrap. I made it back home Sunday night, drove down a street lined with trees that are 50 to 100 years old, pulled into my attached two-car garage with my bike hanging from the ceiling, and realized how much I like everything about where I live. It is going to be really hard to leave. After two stressful and frustrating days of driving around and looking at apartments I don’t like and don’t appreciate, I found two areas that feel like something special to me: the part of Novi around Walled Lake, and Northville. The Walled Lake area is on a lake two miles from my new office and is even convenient to the freeways and populated shopping areas. Northville is full of rolling park and a beautiful little downtown. There were people everywhere. The sledding hill was full of kids. It’s really going to be hard to leave!
For the other Salty Bloggers’ training logs, go here!