Today I started my first week of marathon training…….on a treadmill.
I had expected to be able to run outside…..but when I checked the temps this morning….it was -18 degrees outside. Nope…..not gonna happen.
Needless to say I wasn’t very excited to have to run inside, but I am so glad that we have a treadmill especially this cold cold winter otherwise training and maintaining would have been non existent!
My first week of training started with an 8 mile run. The farthest I have ever run on a treadmill. I was wondering how I was going to stand it. Last week when I ran 6 miles on the treadmill I thought I was going to faint. A feeling I never have when running outside but for some reason a treadmill makes me feel disoriented when I get off and my legs feel like jelly.
Here is how I was able to endure 8 miles on a treadmill.
- Keep water by the treadmill
- Kleenex is also essential. You will need this to wipe your face.
- Make sure you have music
- And movies (you will need variety)
- Pandora is also nice.
- Mix it up….and get off the treadmill and take mini 5 second breaks. Trust me it helps a ton!
- Set goals…..playing mind games with yourself works wonders. If you convince yourself that mile 5 is practically done…..and 6 you can almost call yourself finished because 2 miles really isn’t that far…..you can sprint that! Believe me that is the best part!
- Don’t give up….and you will feel so accomplished!
The first week of marathon training is usually pretty easy…..but it builds pretty fast….thankfully I always follow the same form of training plan no matter whether I am in training or not so that when I do start training all that involves is bumping up mileage in different places. My favorite running book is Running for Women by Claire Kowalchik. A running friend gave me one as a surprise when she heard that I was going to run my first marathon. It has been a life saver and I keep going back to it for running advice and training plans. I will use it again this training season.
Why fix something if it isn’t broken?
Happy running and make sure you replace those calories! (preaching to the choir here!)