Monday, October 1, 2012

18 Miles on the Treadmill

I did a crazy thing this weekend.  I ran 18 miles on the treadmill.  It wasn't the first time, and let's be honest, it probably won't be the last.  I love the treadmill as much as most people hate it.  I can feel your judging eyes already.  Let me defend myself before you make any judgements about my sanity.  I woke up after 6am and it was already heating up in San Diego.  I wanted to get my run done as soon as possible so rather than driving 30 minutes to my usual run route, I hopped on 'ol Millie and called it a day.  I just made that name up.  It makes my treadmill sound like an old lady which is oddly comforting.

I started my run with Rachel Maddow to catch up on the latest political B.S. news.  After an hour of Rachel, I watched some Modern Family and Parks and Recreation, then finished my run with music.  It went by pretty fast.

There are definitely some benefits to doing long runs on the treadmill at home.  In an effort to make you think I am less crazy, I will share a few:

  1. You can eat foods that you  would never be able to carry with you -- like ice cream sandwiches!
  2. There is always a bathroom just steps away for those "emergencies."
  3. You can watch TV (and not feel guilty).
  4. You won't see anyone so you can wear the most hideous, mismatched workout wear.
  5. No sun = No skin damage = No need for greasy sunscreen.  Score.
  6. You're in control.  Not in the mood for hills?  Keep it flat.  Feeling crazy?  Pump up the incline.
  7. No baggage.  Ditch the fanny pack fuel belt, handheld water bottle, iPod, and whatever other junk you normally carry around.  There are cupholders for that. 
Best running fuel ever!  I promise you.

They make pretty good long-run company.

I usually use long runs as an excuse to lay on the couch and read for the rest of the day but I didn't have that luxury this time around.  We had our annual gala for the organization I work for and everyone is required to be present and working.  So I followed my run with 8 hours of standing on my feet, catering to rich white folks in hopes that they will give us loads of their money.  We ended up raising $1.1 million for the organization, Voices for Children.  I guess we did a good job schmoozing.
Some of the crew

On Sunday, we bid our friend, Shyle, farewell.  I mentioned in a previous post that she is moving back to Michigan to be with her and her husband's family since they now have a baby.  Luckily, I will see her 3 more times before the big move in a week but it was sad nonetheless.

The girls.  We will soon be -1.

I rounded out the weekend with a short, 5 mile recovery run yesterday and felt surprisingly good considering the 8 hours on my feet and 18 miler the day prior.  I was very pleasantly surprised.  I am beyond curious to see how the heck I will perform on race day with less than 2 months of training.  It could be comical!

Countdown to Santa Barbara International Marathon: 41 days!


  1. I confess. I love running on the treadmill myself!

    Great job on your run!

  2. I'm not a treadmill runner, but I admit that those ice cream sandwiches sound pretty good (So Delicious makes some tasty ones too.)

    1. They sure do! They're delicious!

  3. I absolutely prefer the treadmill! It's way too convenient.

    1. Yay! Another crazy treadmill-lover!

  4. I have become a total treadmill addict as of late. I especially love not having to carry anything on my person and being able to determine the elevation of the run. The latter point has been particularly important for me in this training cycle because I live in a pancake-flat city but my next marathon is pretty hilly.

  5. I've done under two months for a marathon before, and it wasn't so bad. In fact I PR's. You're fit, you'll do great!

    1. Thanks for that! I am feeling slightly more confident now. :)

  6. I think I threw up a little reading the 18 miles + treadmill in the same sentence. Can't, won't...but am incredibly impressed. You have much greater will power than I!

    1. HAHA! I know. I think they should include something in the new DSM in regard to loving the treadmill. It has to be some sort of mental illness, right? They're adding nail biting to the list, so why not?

  7. ummm my long treadmill run was not nearly that cool, since I was in the condo gym I had to stare at a rooftop and there were definitely no ice cream sandwiches! :)

  8. Wow, this post put me in total awe! Way to go girl! 18 miles is a killer workout... I have no doubt that you will do just fine in the upcoming race! P.S. I love all of your reasons for choosing the treadmill. I wholeheartedly agree with them all :)

    1. Thanks for the encouragement! I'm glad I have a fellow treadmill lover in you.

  9. 18 miles on the treadmill sounds crazy to me!!! Definitely upping your mental toughness right there:)

  10. If I ever did anything that had to result in my torture, 18 miles on the treadmill would be it. You.are.crazy

    Your wife(almost) :)

  11. I will admit I don't love the treadmill, however, I am thinking of getting one to break up some of the long runs I'll have to be doing on my own next year (since I'm pretty sure my running friends will be sick of me talking them into running another marathon!) Anyhow, since you love yours, I'm curious which one do you have? Oh, and you're awesome! 18 miles. Impressive!

  12. I think that is awesome! You know what? For me, as long as I can run, I really don't care where it is. I have been running inside on the weekdays because we moved to an area that is FREAKING ME OUT in the dark. Also someone was attacked (??) yesterday. I don't want to end up on forensic files! I did my 10 at race pace last Saturday on the 'mill. I really don't care. I think some people hate them. I am learning to embrace. :)

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