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:
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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