Marathon Monday: Training Week 6!

Six weeks of training down and ten to go! How crazy is that! Even crazier? I did my long run ON THE TREADMILL yesterday. 18 miles of indoor running… it changes a person.

Marathon Monday

I checked the forecast 830751 times last week leading up to Sunday. Sure, it was going to snow a few flakes, but this Alberta girl knew better than to think we were out of the clear for winter in mid-March. It sure looked like spring a few days ago but now the snow has blanketed us once again. I told myself all week that I would run outside. If I was mentally prepared, then maybe I wouldn’t chicken out. It was still snowing Saturday night, which meant unless it stopped reeeeeally soon and got reeeeeeally warm, there would be quite a bit of snow in the morning. I texted my friend to meet me at the gym (I’m good at enabling treadmill running 😉 ) and I changed my plans to do my long run inside. It’s a good thing I did because I drove through at least half a foot of fresh snow on the roads to get to the gym! I set up camp on a treadmill just before 7am and spent the next three hours of my life there.

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One of the BEST things about doing a long run on the treadmill is that you have so much space to put your water and fuel! You don’t have to run with it on your body and I found it so much easier to time my fuelling with a big clock right in front of me. You guessed it –> I ACTUALLY ATE AND DRANK ON THE RUN. Apparently 18 miles is my limit for unfueled running. I had a package of Honey Stingers energy chews, the best fuel for my stomach, and ate 1 every 15 minutes, starting at 45 minutes. A couple of times (the half way point and about 13 miles in I had 2).

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I felt kind of slow in the beginning and took a while to warm up. Around the 6 mile mark I started to feel great and settled into an 8:57 min/mile pace and just stuck there for the next 12 miles. I timed my run and started early so that my friend could join me for the last half of my run. It was soooooo awesome to have someone to chat with for the second half when your lack of mental focus is ready to derail the run. I actually felt really good for the entire run and the only thing that wanted to quit at the end were the bottoms of my feet, which has happened with every long run in every pair of shoes, on every surface over 16 miles 🙂

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The miracle isn’t that I ran 18 miles on a treadmill, the miracle is that I wore A BUN in my hair the entire time. I have found a way to hold my hair in a bun on the run without it falling out and with a hot and sticky gym to run in, it was a life saver. I have fairly long hair and this was a life changer. No comments about my nails, yes I need to repaint them.

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My dad dropped my mom off at the gym and she ran and walked for a bit as well, on the treadmills next to Shawn and I. I drove her home and she brushed my car for me when we left because I had just run 18 miles and probably looked like death leaving the gym 😉 She said, “You know you have been at the gym too long when there is half a foot of snow on your car!”

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Once I showered and got back into spandex, I headed straight to the kitchen for what else but some Mickey Mouse pancakes. Never too old for these.

{1/3 cup oat flour, 1/4 cup oats, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp olive oil, 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce, 1/3 cup soy milk, 1/3 cup blueberries}

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That 18-miler capped off a tiring training week. I remember this feeling from the summer where there are more sore-days than not-sore-days during the training week and it becomes a matter of doing all of the “little things” that make or break your training -> sleeping more, stretching more, foam rolling or tiger-tailing more, honing in on nutrition, and hydrating. A total of 36 miles of running with almost 12 miles of walking, as well as 3 spin classes and some strength training!

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I will let you know how the “day-after feeling” is different after doing so many miles on the treadmill compared to outside. I’ve talked a bit about my calves after the last few outside training runs so I’m interested to compare the feeling of a treadmill long run!

In case you missed the last recaps: week #1, week #2, week #3, week #4, and week #5.

What is the longest distance you have run on the treadmill? 18 miles now!

Do you find additional walking helps or hinders your running?

8 Comments

  1. great job kris! although i run a workout on a treadmill in about five years, i know that performing a long run on it has done wonders for some friends of mine – they say that it helps them to get to that point where they can ‘zone out’ and just run.

    keep up the great work!

  2. I did my long run on Saturday (just 12k) in Edmonton and it wasn’t bad (some uneven footing, and my running partner hasn’t been running outside all winter, so she was a bit sore with the unevenness), but boy was I glad when I woke up on Sunday and saw even MORE snow!

    Good for you for being able to manage that long on the treadmill!

    Honey Stinger chews are THE best!

    1. AGREED! Teaching spin 3 times in a week is so much fun but also adds to the stress my body is under… I can’t wait for my rest day this week!! 🙂

  3. 18 miles on a treadmill?!?!?! You are my hero. I have only ever run 8 miles on a TM. I think that is my mental breaking point.

    We drove to a little nearby town with virtually no traffic on Saturday to do our 20 miler. We ran directly on the road because there are no longer any shoulders or sidewalks in Nova Scotia, lol.

    Great week of training Kris!

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