The Dreaded Long Run

pics_woamn-falls-off-treadmillDo you dread the long run when training for a marathon?  Don’t feel bad I do too.  The long run hangs over my head each and every week but it has to get done either way you slice it.  I used to enjoy these runs when I had a running partner for the past couple of marathons as we trained in Central Park but this year I’m doing them alone and mostly on the treadmill.  “The treadmill” you say?  Yuppers, I actually don’t mind it that much.

The more people I talk to about my training on the treadmill the more strange looks I get.  Now there is a big debate over treadmill running and running outside.  For me here are the reasons why I run on the treadmill and don’t mind it as much as those that call it the “Dreadmill.”

  1. Convenience
  2. Attire, simple shorts and t-shirt
  3. Monitor Pace/effort
  4. Easier on the feet (treadmill has give)
  5. Safety
  6. Mental toughness
  7. Catch up on movies (watched Any Given Sunday today)

As for today I broke my run down into three segments:

  1. first 7 miles, started off at 6.2 mph and increased .1 every tenth of a mile to mile 1, then .1 every mile thereafter, incline set at 1.0 %
  2. second 7 miles, started off at 6.3 mph and increased .1 every tenth of a mile to mile 1, then .1 every mile thereafter, incline set at 1.0 %
  3. last 6 miles, kept incline at 1.0% and ran a steady pace at 6.7 mph
  • completed my 20 in 3:00, 9 minute pace average

Overall I was happy with my effort considering I wanted to quit by mile 4.  You have to overcome the adversity and concentrate on something else.  If you can run 20 miles on a treadmill you’ll be mentally tough to run a full 26.2 marathon.

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