As most of my plans are grand in theory, I had ambition to wake up super early and get on the roads were 14 miles, before J had to leave for a photo shoot. However, I really needed a mental sleep in, and I also knew that the weather was supposed to be crazy (it ended up holding off until Sunday!) so I made the 5am executive decision to hold off until the later morning.
I have run 12 miles on the treadmill once before so I figured, what's another two more. And you know what?
It's a lot.
2 more is a lot.
14 is. A LOT. of miles to be running in place. I'd be a huge giant liar if I told you I enjoyed those two+ hours but I am proud of myself for gutting it out. I took breaks when I needed (watch and TM on pause, feet on the side) when I just felt mental breakdowns coming, to change the show I was watching, to stretch my weirdlythigh calves, or to eat a gel (I had one weird blueberry chia mix that did nothing). I changed shoes after mile 7, which made mile 8 feel strange and clumpy but then did my best to pick up the pace for a few more miles. I had no speed goals for this run, mostly just to conquer the distance. When the 14 miles were done, here was the breakdown:
Shows watched: 4
Shoe change: 1
Gel eaten: 1
Ounces of water: 20
Moments of hating life: 1000
Miles run: 14
I was mentally and physically wiped out after this run, more so than if I had run it outdoors! I actually needed a quick nap after I had taken a bath, and then my appetite was a tad wonky afterwards, which usually does not happen if I run on the treadmill.
I missed my wake up on Sunday am because of a fun, late night wth friends, and then that really mean and evil concept of daylight savings time. I managed a very quick strength workout and then snuck in some yoga in the evening before bed. Surprisingly, I wasn't sore at all after the long run, athough I think my ankles took a little beating from a couple hours on the treadmill.
I was so close to 30 miles for the week but I just couldn't face one more treadmill mile for the weekend. 29 is not too shabby though, for me.
Here's the riveting breakdown of my run life:
5 miles. 3 tempo
1 mile WU
6 miles. NS. 2,2,2
14 miles. Treadmill whaaaat
Tired. I'm tired.