One of the things I decided would help make me a stronger runner is to run on the treadmill. Go figure! I rationalized if I could run longer distances on it without stopping my mind would be getting stronger. For me, this is so true. I know on the treadmill that I can get off if I need water or a little break. I can hold onto the side rails, slow the pace, or whatever it may be. I don't do that when I am outside. I run my workout and always try to be as strong as possible. I don't know why the treadmill makes me a wimp. I do think it is the boredom.
With seven weeks until my next marathon I plan to run as much as possible on the treadmill. That said, I am not running my long runs on it. Nothing is worth 20 miles on the treadmill. Those runs will be occurring outside! Last week I did several runs on it and I am still living to talk about it. I am trying to make friends with my treadmill. It is very nice. I have no complaints about the setting choices. I even like where it is in my house. As with everything else I plan to do this year, I am EMBRACING the treadmill. We will be best friends by March 2!
I say that without having completed any speed work on the treadmill since early last fall. Thursday will be my first go at 800's on it and I am a little nervous. I am running 6 repeats plus the warm-up, in between rests, and cool down. I am looking forward to the beginning and end. Literally since Sunday I have been psyching myself up for this workout. I know I can do this. When I finish, I know I will be one step closer to be a mentally stronger worker.
I read workout reports all the time on Daily Mile from people doing speed work on it. I have also read many blogs where people solely train on the treadmill. Crazy inspiring runners have run through a child's surgery or for 24 hours on the treadmill. They are all way stronger runners than I am. I know it helps them and I know it will help me.
Now I just have to record lots of Friends to get me through the workouts!
If anyone has treadmill running suggestions, do share please!