Monday: 35 min Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown
I took a quick look through my training log (can you tell i’m tapering) and noticed that at least 50-60% of my runs have been indoors. That would normally terrify me, because i’d much rather be outside, in the elements, getting used to race day conditions, but the weather hasn’t been cooperating. So I’ve had to cooperate with the treadmill.
I don’t know what it is, but the treadmill tends to make me lazy. It’s so hard to be in one place staring at a wall/mirror/clock/pace for any given amount of time. It’s like being put in a corner on a very long time out.
And the laziness i’m referring to is not pushing the pace or challenging myself, because the “slow down button” is really, really easy to to push. It’s also really easy to quit during a run, since you’re not miles away from your house. You just hit the STOP button and jump off.
When we got our first heavy snowfall that covered my normal trails, I had a feeling that i’d be on the treadmill for more than one workout. I made a decision to go into each day on the treadmill just like i’d be running outside, with intent and purpose. I want to prove to myself that rain or shine, snow or ice, treadmill or outside I can handle training however it needs to happen.
Use effort AND pace together. Whatever type of run you have on the schedule, make sure to run not only based on numbers the screen blinks in front of you, but note your effort! If I felt like the belt was doing the work for me and i was dragging along, i slowed down. You should feel in control of the treadmill, don’t let the treadmill do the work. I want to feel like i’m the one putting my foot in front of the other even when I’m sprinting.
Treadmill’s actually help you run. You take the a step forward and the belt will turnover your leg for you. Which means that it’s easier to run on a treadmill. I’m running a hilly course in 11 days, I can’t afford to have workouts that aren’t really as helpful as they should be, just because i’m using the treadmill to turnover my legs. I tried my best to go a little faster (even if it was only 5-10 seconds faster per mile) or run a bigger incline for a hill workout, that way I would feel more prepared for outside running. I also keep the incline at 1% on my easy runs.
You get out what you put into running. Treadmill running for me is a real easy way to sit back, relax and zone out, but not this time. I was in control of my workouts, pace, incline and effort. I have done a few big workouts outside which are helping me trust treadmill training. I did a 5K time trial & a 9 mile long run. Both of which were hard, yet I felt in control of my breathing, legs and pace. Which gives me decent confidence going into this half marathon.
Last week’s workouts– Forgot to post!
Monday: 4.2m easy 9:12/pace, 15 min back/shoulders, 10 abs
Tuesday: 7.6 tempo (3m easy, 2 @ 7:41/pace, 2 @ 7:24/pace, .6 cool down)
Wednesday: 45 min chest/biceps, 10 abs
Thursday: 6m hill treadmill workout
Friday: 4m easy 8:02/pace
Saturday: 9.4m long run 7:54/pace
Do you find treadmill running easy or harder?