#RWRunStreak Day 8: Dreadmill for miles and miles and miles…


“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. This morning the thermometer read 3°. Yeah, that’s cold. But factor in the wind and that dang real feel temperature was -33°. Um, yeah. I don’t think I’ll be running outside today.

But it is my long run day.

What’s a runner to do but get creative. Very creative.

Last year the hubster hooked up my Apple TV to an HDTV monitor and computer in front of my treadmill. This allows for unlimited streaming and viewing of almost anything…any length…any time of day. This morning I chose the previously aired Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition and Chris Powell. Why? Well, because he is easy on the eyes, and the show is so dang inspiring. (Note the bits.)

My Dreadmill setup

My Dreadmill setup

Now for the run. I sometimes have stuff in my head about what I want to accomplish mileage wise, but getting it out of my head and down to my feet…well, that is another story entirely. Today, my over the hill, out of reach, maybe goal was 10 miles in 1 hour 20 minutes. Oh, come on!! This is NOTHING outside. But on a treadmill?

Here is how it went. And I came up with this as I went along.

I started at 5.0 miles an hour. Every minute thereafter, I increased my speed by .1 mph until I reached 6.0 miles an hour at minute 10. Then I increased by .2 mph until I hit 8.0 mph at minute 20.

Then the fun began. I did treadmill surges. I remember Matt Johnson talking about running surges on his Runner Academy Podcast. So I improvised. I decreased to 7.6 mph for a minute and upped it .2 mph every minute until I reached 8.4 mph. That took 5 minutes.

And I did it again, and again, and again. Until I reached 45 minutes. Then I had to pee.

It was a good thing though, because I needed the breather. On return, I started at 7.0 mph and increased .2 mph until I reached 8.4 mph again.

And I repeated that. And I couldn’t figure out why I was so whooped until I realized my elevation was set at 1.5%! DOH! I backed that down to .5% and continued on.

I did two more sets of those, and before I knew it, I was at 10 miles. Time: 01:19:11. Hot damn! I did it! And I got an incredible workout in the mix…plus, I got caught up on some reality TV, and kept myself busy enough to get through it all on the dreadmill.



Mission accomplished! And #RWRunStreak Day 8 is in the books!

Did you sign on to a holiday run streak this season? How is it going?

4 Responses to #RWRunStreak Day 8: Dreadmill for miles and miles and miles…

  1. Way to take our tips and put them into action! That’s how you crush it!

    • A Running Chick says:

      Hey, Matt! It was fun to try and take one of your suggestions and put it to good use! Thanks for noticing!!

  2. Love this! You are super speedy!

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