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Sunday, April 25, 2010

17 miles on the Treadmill: D-O-N-E (Yes, you read that correctly!)

OK, so I had 20 miles planned for today and 3 miles planned for yesterday. As you will recall from my post yesterday, I crushed my goal at Crazylegs Classic and pulled out a strong (for me!) 5 miles + ran 2 miles back to my car. That's 4 miles over my planned miles for yesterday.

The forecast for today is a high of 52 degrees with 60% rain. It's been drizzling and raining on and off all day. Icky icky day. Wind is also 20 MPH. So, I decided that I was going to pull of this long training run on the treadmill. I know, I'm crazy. Since I put in so many miles yesterday more than planned and ran hard, I was going to shoot for 15-18 miles and see how I felt, how my legs held up and how the mental mind games on the treadmill played it out.

The kids were battling with Daddy, because they LOVE to come downstairs with me. Usually then can last 6-9 miles on a very good day. Usually when I am home alone with them I will stop and get snacks, try to put toys together while running and do other crazy stuff. But, I really needed the confidence of this long training run under my belt. My marathon is a little over a month away and I only have a 15, 18, and one 20 miler under my belt for long distances. They ended up staying with me for the first 45 minutes until Daddy decided that I was too frustrated to continue with them downstairs. I felt really bad, but I just needed the next couple of hours to myself this morning. I am usually really good at balancing it all out, but this morning I really needed to take the time for ME.

I ran a 6.6 MPH pace the entire way and never messed with the speed. Hubby hooked up our cable box to the tv downstairs and I was able to catch up on some Biggest Loser episodes (2 1/2 episodes without commercials On Demand! -- I am now only 4 episodes behind!!! HA HA!). It really helped time pass.

Our treadmill automatically shuts off at 100 minutes, so I always stop after 10 miles to refuel, take a potty break and walk .... and take some pics!




I hopped back on, started the treadmill over and pounded out another five miles.



Then, I hopped back on (again!) and put in a final two miles after filling up my water bottle (I ended up going through four water bottles down there today!
YIKES! If it's available to me, I will use it, I guess?!!?

17 miles on the treadmill
2:34:42
(if I calculated this correctly)

Me with my signature Diet Mountain Dew.
This was chugged in about 1/4 miles of walking this time! It tasted g-o-o-d!!
And I had to get this one myself, since Little Dude was sent up stairs earlier.
I returned back to the family upstairs and everyone survived without me.
I love the kids excitement to see me when I return from a long run.
Another big accomplishment today:
I hit over 500 miles
for the year!!!!

39 comments:

  1. Wow, I am so impressed! I see Biggest Loser's Darius in the background of your Diet Mountain Dew shot...such a good show for inspiration!

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  2. Wow 500 miles already? That's amazing. And you run so fast - seriously 6.6 the whole time? Good for you not messing with the speed. And I can't believe you could do this run on a treadmill (although watching BL helps, I'm sure).
    You are such an inspiration! Thanks for blogging your journey.

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  3. Wow, 17 on the treadmill, you are hardcore! Way to go!

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  4. You are amazing for doing 17 miles on the treadmill after a big race like that. You are going to rock the marathon!

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  5. Whoa! That is awesome that you got so many miles done on a treadmill - good job!

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  6. Holy cow! 17 on a treadmill?? that's amazing! And way to go on hitting 500! Good luck with your marathon!

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  7. Now that takes discipline! Wow...I'm blown away.

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  8. wow. ur insane. that crazy. CONGRATS!!!!!!! great job!

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  9. Awesome job! I don't know if I could ever do that much on the treadmill

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  10. WTG! That is some serious mental toughness!

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  11. ROCKSTAR! I bet you feel great after that! Long runs on the treadmill are at least 10 times harder for me than outside! Congrats!

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  12. fab job....I had to laugh at how you deal with the kiddos while being on the kiddos...I do the same thing!

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  13. Love the pics. Already over 500 miles?? That is awesome!!

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  14. I could never run 17 miles on the TM! There is no way. I would run in the rain, snow and wind before I would get on the TM for a run of that distance. Bowing down to you and your commitment, WOW.

    And a big WOOT WOOT for 500 miles already this year!

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  15. You are definatly behind on biggest loser episodes...Darian is still looking pretty big in the background of your Mtn. Dew picture. Congrats on the 500 mile mark! You are a ROCKSTAR!!

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  16. Wow, 500 miles for the year already!? That's awesome. Good work :)

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  17. you are a beast, in a good way!! Keep it up!

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  18. Woo for 500! Go girl! Can't wait to see how you do in the marathon. I'm sure you'll be awesome. :o)

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  19. wow thats an amazing amount of miles to do on the tredmill!!!! and congrats on 500 miles for the year xx

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  20. Honey, I don't know whether to call you STUPID or a ROCKSTAR!!! Rockstar and hardcore in my book. I don't think I could EVER do that! Way to go! You are a DIVA!

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  21. Wow. Nice job on the 500 miles! Also, I can't believe you can do that many miles on the treadmill! I am a treadmill "lover" but still can't imagine being on it that long! I give you props!

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  22. WOW! 17 miles on the TM!? And I thought 8 miles was long enough on the TM! You go girl!

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  23. wow girl! I can barely make it 4 miles on a treadmill without boredom killing me! lol You are a serious rock star!

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  24. First of all, I am addicted to the Biggest Loser also; second you are crazy for running 17 on a treadmill!; but third, congrats!!!!!!! You rock! Keep up the positive energy and you are definitely going to be a running diva in that marathon! :)

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  25. Impressive! I think my longest treadmill run is 10 miles. Good job! And I hear you on just needing the kids to let you run sometimes.

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  26. Congrats on hitting the 500 mile mark! I enjoyed reading your report of running 17 miles on the treadmill. I don't know how you do it but I do see some benefits to the treadmill - like close proximity to a bathroom and as much water as you need. Sometimes I wish I hadn't gotten rid of my treadmill because runners like you make it look fun!

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  27. Wow, that's amazing! Congrats on hitting 500 for the year, too. I love the first sip of Diet Dew after a long run, nothing beats it! :)

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  28. Pounding out 17 miles on the treadmill? Amazing! Next time I need to log a long run on the treadmill I'll look to you for some inspiration!

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  29. Inspirational!! WOW 17miles on the treadmill! you are my hero!!

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  30. Kudos to you! Just the thought of running that long on the treadmill makes me cringe! FANTASTIC WORK!

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  31. Speechless, purely speechless. I can not phatom is at all. Not for one second, wow, congrats.

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  32. Seriously amazing! Major Kudos to you! I might try watching the biggest loser the next time I have to run on mine. I can see how that helps pass the time. :)

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  33. Outstanding accomplishments! 17 miles on the treadmill is no laughing matter. But 500 miles shows some dedication. Congratulations!

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  34. wow!!! that is amazing...youre a better woman than me, i can barely stand 3 miles in tread-hell!!!!

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  35. Wow, 17 miles on a treadmill is impressive! Way to get it done! :)

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  36. Awesome run, awesome time and great determination to get everything done and spend some time on you.

    Congrats on the 500 miles as well!

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  37. 17 miles on the dreadmill! Power to you, girl. I can barely last 3 miles on one.

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