For the past week, I feel like I’ve been chained to my treadmill. I’m trying my best to embrace the treadmill instead of detesting it. It’s giving my knee a little bit of a break from the hard surfaces outside and it allows me to focus on my form which is hard to do when I run pushing the stroller.
Last week, I had my last hill run of my marathon training schedule outside. The first 8 weeks included a mid-week hill run that ranged from 4 to 8 miles. I never made it to the max of 8 miles like I was supposed to last week because my knee would not tolerate it. I felt pretty bummed about that. Through those first 8 weeks, I did the majority of my hill runs with the stroller and the rest on the treadmill or solo. I’m glad those hill runs are behind me because they were not my favorite!
Now, it’s time to start my speedwork for the next 8 weeks. Yesterday, I did my first ever tempo run. I had to run 8 miles total with 3 of those miles at an 8:30 pace. I knew that would be a challenge with the stroller so I opted for the treadmill once again. I warmed up for a mile and a half then increased the speed so I was running at an 8:30 pace. Holding that for 3 miles was so hard for me. My legs were way out of their comfort zone at that pace! After I finished the 3 tempo miles, I slowed back down and finished up with a total of 5 miles on the treadmill. I didn’t think I could mentally handle another 3 miles on the ‘mill so I decided to try to finish up my miles with Zain after his nap.
I ended up waiting for my hubby to get home from work so he could run with us. It was a gorgeous afternoon with temps in the 50s. It was awesome to run in shorts and short sleeves in January. The first mile was tough. My legs were stiff and since the first mile is very hilly, it took me a while to warm up. Once I got through that mile though, I felt great. Hubby kept having to tell me to slow down :). We ended up running 4 miles to make a total of 9 for the day.
For the past week, my treadmill runs have all gone really well, but they don’t give me the same satisfaction that running outside does. Running outside clears my mind. I can get off the treadmill and think that I had a good run and feel happy with what I accomplished, but it’s just not the same. I think my afternoon run outside was also so great because I had hubby and Zain with me. There is nothing I love more than a family run. Our afternoon run put me in the best mood.
I felt like I made it over a big hurdle yesterday. Getting in a mid-week long run is a big challenge for me. It’s hard to find the time for my run and Zain doesn’t have the patience lately for long stroller runs. I think a big part of that is the weather – he doesn’t like being all bundled up in the stroller because it’s not as comfy. I’m hoping he’ll do better in the spring.
After yesterday’s runs went so well, I think I’ll continue to split some of my long weekday runs between the stroller and treadmill. I have to thank Kara for inspiring me to do that since she does that almost daily. I probably wouldn’t have even thought to do that if it weren’t for her! I also think mixing in more treadmill miles will be a good way to give my knee a break.
Have you ever split a long run into multiple runs during the day?