The 8 Mile Treadmill Run

Yesterday I ran my longest run on a treadmill – 8 miles! My previous record was 6 miles. I never would be able to do this at one steady pace though. I can only run on the treadmill for more then 2-3 miles when I have a workout and am switching up paces and inclines.

Coach Marc had a workout on the plan for the day which was this:

  • 1.5 mile warmup
  • 2 min. at 9:30 pace, 1 min. jog
  • 3 min. at 9:45 pace (did 9:40), 1 min. jog
  • 5 min. at 10:00 pace, 1:30 jog
  • repeat workout portion one more time through
  • 1.5 mile cooldown

My mom and I decided to run on the treadmill because it was hot and also mainly because how else would I time myself/know my pace? I have a Garmin but it wasn’t charged…oops.

When we got to the gym I told my mom that if we finished the workout and were around 6 miles, we should just keep going in order to hit 8 miles and get our long run done for the week. She agreed.

I only did a 1 mile warm up because I hate warm ups on the treadmill, and then got into the workout. I did walk a bit of the rest portions for 20-30 seconds then I would jog. 

1 time through the workout came out to 2 miles. So I knew that going through it again we would be at 4 miles + 1 warmup mile. After we did it 2 times through, I threw in some hill intervals before starting the routine again (to switch things up). Then we did it another time through (3 times through total), and finished at 7.4 miles then did a .6 mile cooldown :)

I really felt great. I honestly felt like I could have kept running, and today I’m not feeling much soreness at all. Where I AM feeling soreness is my upper body. I did an upper body workout and abs on Tuesday and can still barely move my arms. It hurts to even lift my arms up to change or even open doors! Here’s the workout I did:


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I didn’t even do 25 reps each of the abs workout…I did 15..and could barely finish…and my abs are still sore. Clearly I need to do more lifting and more core work.

Today calls for a recovery run of 55 minutes. Trust me, it will be super slow and easy. 

What’s the longest treadmill run you’ve done?


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  1. I hate to say this but my longest run is also my PDR, 14 miles. I ran it this past March at the height of my half marathon training. I was so upset that the weather outside was so crappy that I was forced to run 14 miles on the treadmill.
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    • Why do you hate to say it? That’s awesome! I can’t even imagine, though I couldn’t imagine running 8 miles either haha.

  2. Hmmm, I think I’ve run 6 on the treadmill. I really hate it though and will run in almost any weather to avoid it.
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  3. ugh im a bad runner. I just started training again and i barley did 5 minutes in the treadmill!
    but im getting there. hopefully one day i will be able to do the same workout you are doing!

  4. I think I’ve made it up to 10 miles on the treadmill when I was training for my ultra marathon. One thing I dislike about spring races is the requirement to run on the treadmill through the winter.
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  5. I also ran 8 last weekend for my long run. Try to avoid it as much as I can – just not enjoyable for me (I find it harder than running outside).
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  6. I’m a treadmill lover but also it’s my crutch as I deal with Crohn’s and being too scared to run outside. But my longest is 18 – I have no problem zoning out on the treadmill! These days I do a lot of fartleking to change things up.
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  7. Way to go to knock out 8 miles on the treadmill! I once did 12 miles and it was torture. It’s so much better having a plan to make it not so boring.
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  8. Nice work on the mill! I almost wish I ran my 7 on the mill today as it was so hot and humid. My longest mill run was…wait for it…22 miles. My last long run of a Boston training cycle and there was 8″ of snow on the ground with freezing rain going on. Total mess but the run got done!
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  9. Just started running and am slowing building up my milage! Can’t wait for the day I can do 8 miles!

  10. My longest was 12 miles in the dead of summer during marathon training last year. I watched a movie but it was still painfully boring. Way to go!
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  11. Great job on the treadmill run, they are definitely not easy! My longest TM run was 20 miles and I hope to never repeat that despite how much I LOVE the mill!
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  12. WTG with the 8 miles. It’s not easy.

    I think 13 miles is the longest I’ve run on a treadmill. Of course I prefer running outside but a treadmill run is better than a missed run.

    Have a fantastic Friday Patty!
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  13. Ok I will try this 8 mile run as soon as my ankles healed. I don’t love running on a treadmill but sometimes it’s necessary!
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  14. Great job in the treadmill. I ran 11 miles on the treadmill when I was training for my second half marathon and I never want to do it again.
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  15. The most I ran on a treadmill was 11 miles. It was tough. Mentally I feel like it is harder, I would rather run outdoors with scenery. It makes the run a lot more enjoyable.

  16. Wow 8 miles! Mine is 4 miles and that was tough. Props to you!
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  17. Congrats! My longest treadmill run is 11 miles and while it’s kind of crazy, sometimes you just have to do what you have to do while training! Great job on actually enjoying the run!
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