8 miles on the dreaded treadmill conquered!!
That was a real mental and physical challenge. I knew it was the right choice though when I stepped outside onto nothing but a sheet of ice outside my apartment.
Luckily, thanks to my mom's generosity and thoughtfulness, I slept fantastically. I wore my new eye mask, sprayed my new pillow spray, and used my new moisture gloves, so I woke up with super soft & creamy hands. Not quite sure how those helped me run but it felt good.
I was aiming for a one mile warm up and cool down, and six tempo miles in between. The warmup mile went by pretty quick, so I had a good feeling about the run. However, I knew I was in trouble when I was already looking at the clock at .7 miles into the tempo portion. I wanted to slow down about a million times but I didn't!
Tempo runs are supposed to get you used to pushing the pace when you're fatigued so basically the whole thing involves feeling like you are exhausted and need to slow down. I kept picturing myself at the start of the Shamrock Marathon, and I didn't want to be thinking to myself, wow, I wish I hadn't phoned in those tempo runs. I also always think back to the time I was injured, when I would have killed to get up early to run 8 miles, so I should be thankful that now I was! I wore my heart rate monitor and my HR was in the 170s for most of the tempo part, and to me that means its a pretty challenging workout.
My warmup mile was 10:13, my six tempo miles were done in 50:42 (pretty happy about that!) and my cooldown mile was 9:39, and I burned about 620 calories, if you care.
The treadmill can get boring, but it does have its advantages, like constant access to water and a bathroom, I at no point fear for my life, and I am enjoying sitting comfortably now without uncontrollable shivers. No wind and no hills are pretty cool too.
This post was pretty run heavy, but I want to be able to look back when I start training for my next marathon and think "why can't I do these tempo runs?? Why am I so out of shape??".
Tonight - the LAST session of Jillian's 6 weeks to 6 pack abs, and a new Office!