Did you hear? Spring training started. Spring MARATHON training, that is! Boston, the Eugene Marathon, and the Avenue of the Giants Marathon (to name a few of my personal favorites) amongst many others are on the calendar in less than 16 weeks, a standard length for many marathon training programs.
If tempo runs are the bread and butter of your training plan, the long run is the meat (or tofu, if that’s how you swing). It’s the solid, sustained effort of the long run that builds your endurance and mental toughness. They’re the grand finale of all those training weeks, their miles rising like Mt. Everest on those seven day chunks of your training plan. Oh, and they make you tough because, well, they are tough even during the finest weather.
When the weather is, shall we say, not so fine, like turning the streets to sheets of ice, blowing ice pellets in your face, or getting that real-feel down to negative double-digits, long runs can be worse than tough: not happening … unless you have a treadmill.
Oh no! Are you kidding me?! 14, 18, or even 22+ more miles on the treadmill?!
Fear not, Salties. I’ve gathered advice from true treadmill veterans Dill and Barley to make sure your spring race goals are not sabotaged by Mother Nature getting in the way of your long run.