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!
And I had to get this one myself, since Little Dude was sent up stairs earlier.
I love the kids excitement to see me when I return from a long run.
I hit over 500 miles