Usually when I see snow/ice/freezing rain in the forecast, I just plan my training around it as it doesn't normally stick around for more than a couple days. Not so with this past month. The ice lingered and lingered and is still lingering!!! It's like my own personal no-running-outside hell. And, I had a critical, can't-skip-under-any-circumstance 14-mile long run scheduled. What was I to do? I'm training for a marathon and I already found that skipping a week of running is detrimental to my endurance fitness. So, even though I really, REALLY didn't want to, and I mean AT ALL, I used my gym membership for more than the group fitness classes and weight room functions I acquired it for. I ran my 14 miles...on the treadmill.
|The roads looked like this-or worse-for weeks.|
|My treadmill set up: loaded tablet, loaded phone, hydration, and fuels.|
Since the treadmills at Gold's Gym have 60-minute time limits, I decided to run my 14-miles in 5-mile increments. I'd use the time between those increments to hydrate, fuel up on a Gu, and use the bathroom if needed. I listened to five chapters of my audio novel on Audible, I watched three episodes of Friends on Netflix, and I read four chapters of my book on Kindle. The last 15 minutes of my run, I just listened to music on Pandora. I needed something that I could pace myself to just to keep me going. I had to alternate between four forms of media to keep the inevitable boredom at bay for as long as possible, and it worked. That strategy proved quite successful, although the last four miles were excruciatingly painful both in monotony and just plain physically. I was able to maintain my pace for the first 10 miles, but on those last four, I had to take two-minute walk breaks every eight minutes. Still, I did it! I completed my long run on the treadmill! This was a brand new record for me, a personal best if you will. Although I really, really, REALLY hope that I never have to do another 10+ mile run on the treadmill. Ever again.