Marathon Training: Week 8

Snow Forecast

I find it hard to believe that I have been in training for 8 weeks. It has been a long Minnesota winter and in fact, as I type this, the snow has begun again in earnest. It is safe to say that about 70% of this training was accomplished inside, on the dreadmill. I suppose it could have been worse, if perhaps I didn’t own a dreadmill.

The treadmill has taught me a lot. I have a love/hate relationship with it. Today, for example, Hal said to run 7-miles. 7-miles on a treadmill is pretty tedious. I had set up a podcast to listen to, but between the mechanics of the treadmill and the sound of my footfalls, it was hard to hear. So I spent much of the hour staring at the mileage…watching it slowly click by.

What I love about the treadmill is that it forces me to run a certain pace for a certain amount of time. There is no question there. What I hate about it is that it forces me to run a certain pace for a certain amount of time. (Hmmmm…did I just repeat myself?) Yeah…that’s the ticket.

Today, I started with a 10-minute walk to warm up. Then I set my Runmeter, and I started at 6.5 mph. I worked my way up to 7.5 mph by minute 10. Then, every 5 minutes after that, I ramped it up .10 mph. This meant, that by the time I was down to my final half mile, I was running at 8.5 mph. Well, let me tell you, I was willing myself on. I kept repeating “you got this, girl…you got this,” because in all actuality, I just wanted to quit. I was drenched, I was tired, I was pushing my max…and I felt like I was flying! When the mileage made that final turn to 7, I exalted – out loud! It must have sounded pretty silly from anyone who overheard it. I couldn’t believe I just did that. And I couldn’t believe that I felt the way I did for just doing that. On a scale from 1 to 10, that run was an 11. A good run. A great day.

Tomorrow, Hal says I can run 4-miles. This, too, will be on the treadmill since the snow should be starting to taper off at 9 am. The official forecast says 8-12″. Hello, April? Are you out there?

Snow Forecast

My sentiments, exactly.


How is the weather by you? Have you been able to get out there?

4 Responses to Marathon Training: Week 8

  1. Shannon says:

    I too hate the dreadmill but had my best ever run on one at the gym yesterday, will wonders ever cease!

  2. jan says:

    I feel the exact same way about the treadmill! The time goes so slow, but I love that I have so much control over my speed. I also find that I go faster on it because I want the run OVER.

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