Oh, friends, inconsistency has been my posting theme lately. I’m fresh out of ideas. I need suggestions – what do you want to hear about and learn?
I’ve been marathon training full-force and having to give up some cross training. Got on my bike for the first time in weeks, alas only on the trainer despite the beautiful weather. Holidays and run training interfere with a desire for an outdoor ride. Marathon training has been going strong – as has my determination. This is my Boston qualifying push – so I’ve endured 16 and 20 miles on the treadmill in two consecutive weekends.
When I tell anyone I did 20 miles on the treadmill, they look at me with incredulity. But, frankly, it wasn’t so bad. I hunkered down with several run snacks (okay, gels), a couple water bottles, an extra shirt, salt pills, headphones and the tv-equipped machine. Because the treadmill only gives you an hour, at the gym, I decided to stop every 5 miles for a gel, salt, a drink and, possibly, a bathroom break. After the first two 5-mile segments, I was feeling pretty good. Watched three episodes of Friends reruns and felt like another 10 was doable. Extra salt and electrolytes helped – the gym is hotter than outside runs this time of year and without any breeze, sweat pours.
It was only the last 2 miles that had me contemplating an early finish. In many ways, the treadmill is long-run friendly. You don’t have to cart your fluids or fuel, the terrain is predictable. You can skip the hills (you bet I did) and set your speed. I had absolutely no soreness the day after these long treadmill runs. While I wouldn’t suggest that all long runs be done on a treadmill, or you may be sadly surprised come race day – it wasn’t so bad. It comes down to what you set your mind to doing, then getting it done.
After such treadmill success, yesterday came as a bit of a surprise. I was supposed to run 16 miles, but I couldn’t muster the energy or fortitude to hit more than 11 outside through the hills of my neighborhood. I finished the day up with a decent swim, but resisted the urge to try to finish the last five miles of my run in the afternoon. Logically, I know my body was done – emotionally, it’s hard to not check those miles off the spreadsheet. I’m still fighting the urge to try to squeeze them in this week. I’ll be stronger for the rest, I know. But my compulsiveness shines bright when it comes to fulfilling training plan goals.
So, enough about me! Let me know your deepest fitness and healthy eating desires? Recipes? Quick workouts? What do you need to stay on track this December?