Tuesday, August 2, 2011

In the long run...

This weekend I did not do a long run! Gasp! So unlike me. But really, I have a weird mental block in place that prevents me from getting my behind out the door and into the heat and humidity for 2 hours. Can't do it. I've probably been unsuccessful in part because I tend to have too much fun on weekends and stay up late. I also have a (probably stupid) fear, especially now that I'm living alone, of heading out the door for 6+ miles in one direction and being all by myself. I know if I was in great distress I could still call my family, or a passing motorist would help me, but it still makes me uncomfortable. So my solution was to run on the treadmill at work, in the air conditioning, with the TV on Food Network so I can contemplate Paula Deen's ridiculousness whilst making myself healthier. And you know what? It worked. I did 10 miles at a decent (for me) pace with a 1% incline to make it equivalent-ish to wind resistance. I didn't put in any hills, but maybe next time.

The treadmill, for me at least, is going to be my long run staple until the marathon. Decision made. I know I should go outside, but as long as the weather is how it is, I just can't bring myself to do it. It's been 85 degrees or more by the mid-morning, and it stays at 90+ until it gets dark. I know I'm probably underestimating myself, but I see I have 2 options:

1) go out for a run in the heat and humidity, feeling vaguely uncomfortable, and probably bonk or psych myself out early in the run, ending up either heading home early or walking a huge amount. Either way, I don't get in the mileage and I feel crappy about myself.

2) Run on treadmill, control my pace (this is SO key for me- part of my bonking tendencies comes from going out too fast every. single. time.) and body temp. Slow down/walk if needed. Have entertainment.

Some would argue I'm disengaging myself from the run, but really, I'm feeling for myself what the pace I should be doing feels like. I'm probably justifying my own laziness at least a little. But whatever. I would MUCH rather get in miles and build some long run confidence than not get the miles in. I feel really happy about the run yesterday, despite being indoors.

So that's that. Treadmill it is. I'll do some/most of my other mid-week runs outdoors so my body will still be subject to pavement, hills, and temperatures. This marathon is happening in less than 13 weeks whether I like it or not, so it is well past time for me to figure out what works for me and get the training in.

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