Like I shared in yesterday’s weekly training recap, on Sunday I ran 14 miles on the treadmill. Not only was this run monumental because its the the furthest distance that I’ve ever run, but the fact that I completed it on the treadmill was far from easy. Other than the obvious reason why the run was difficult – its my now personal distance record – it was a very difficult run both mentally and physically.
Running long distances on a treadmill is very trying. It is very trying mentally, as you aren’t running anywhere. And its very trying physically because our bodies aren’t designed to run long distances on it. While I’ve previously shared tips for treadmill running, and usually follow most if not all of these, several things just didn’t align correctly for me on Sunday.
The first difficulty I faced was that I had to do it alone. Although Preston and I often complete our long treadmill runs at the same time, we had conflicting schedules this past weekend, and it didn’t work out for us to both complete a long run at the same time.
The second difficulty I faced was in dealing with the iPad. Although I had episodes of Amazing Race downloaded to my iPad, the episodes weren’t buffering correctly, and kept cutting out, sometimes every couple of seconds. It was very frustrating having to restart an episode countless times while also trying to keep my head in the running game. I eventually gave up on the iPad and just started listening to music.
The third difficulty I faced was the right shin pain that I started experiencing about halfway through my run. Its not unusual for me to experience shin pain when completing long runs on the treadmill (this is something I usually only experience running outside when my shoes are nearing the end of their life). And no its not my shoes – I just started wearing my current pair of running shoes a couple of weeks ago.
What I can celebrate is that I was able to maintain my running intervals for the entire 14 miles. I started my run running 3 minutes 15 seconds followed by walking 45 seconds. Every mile to mile and a quarter I walked an extra minute in order to allow myself time to drink extra water or Powerade, or to take a Gu or chew on a couple of Clif Shots. I’m so happy that I was able to maintain these intervals for my entire run, and it makes me optimistic that I’ll be able to do the same on race day in less than two weeks.
Did I step off of the treadmill on Sunday feeling on top of the world? Honestly, no. It was such a mentally frustrating run, especially with the iPad not working correctly. But did I step off of the treadmill proud of what I accomplished? You bet!
QOTD: Have you ever had mixed feelings after completing a milestone workout?