Ugh. Today I did my long run of 7 miles. On the treadmill. I do not run with a running stroller so the gym it was. I put my Little Buddy in the nursery for one hour and 4 minutes. It actually wasn't bad at all. The farthest I have ever done on a treadmill until today was 5 miles. I think the treadmill has some pros and cons.
Pros: I can control my speed and keep a very consistent pace. I can control the incline. I have a fan right in front of my face. I can completely zone out and not dodge annoying people who drive like idiots and fail to yield to pedestrians. I don't have to worry about stopping at streets. I have a nice little towel to wipe the sweat from my brow. I can check my email on my iPhone (not that i do or anything, really).
Cons: I have to stare at myself for an hour and analyze my gate. I can see just how fabulous my hair looks 5 miles in. I can see in said mirrors that the skin around my eyes bounce each time my foot strikes, proving that I am starting to look old(er). I get dizzy trying to watch TV and run at the same time. I can watch, in real time, the development of the WEIRDEST sweat pattern on my shirt...let's just say embarrassing, I had no idea my boobs sweat like that. What the heck?
But all in all it was not too bad and again I felt like I could run farther. I played it safe and ran slower than I could have.
mile 1 9:40
Mile 2 9:35
Mile 3 9:29
Mile 4 9:32
Mile 5 9:18
Mile 6 9:24
Mile 7 9:09
Fastest pace: 8:34
I foresee more treadmill runs in my future. With good music and a positive attitude I think it will work out. After all a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do...I have a marathon to train for! I just wonder how treadmill running compares to actual pavement pounding.
Tomorrow is supposed to be a rest day but since Tuesday will be a day of travel and airports and I don't feel too bad after my long run of 7 miles I may go ahead and run tomorrow.
Today I am grateful for:
A good run!
As my Little Buddy said tonight, "only two more sleeps then we get on an airplane!"
Bodyglide. It worked wonders on my poor tootsies today. Thanks Jamoosh for reminding me of this. :) I owe you a toe.
One month down...one month closer to The Hubs return.