The weather forecast for my long run tomorrow morning is looking perfect enough (temps in the teens but no snow or ice) which means I can run outside.
I am excited about this, of course, but if the weather by you isn’t going to be ideal for outdoor running, that does not mean you automatically skip your long run.
If you want it bad enough and have access to a treadmill, you will learn to make it work for you which is what I am here to chat about today.
Before I get to the pacing workout I followed last week on the treadmill, let’s talk about preparing for your long run indoors.
Treadmill long runs are similar in preparation to your outdoor long runs but there are a few things to note:
Dress for indoor running – I said this last week but it’s worth remembering again.
It may be freezing and snowing outside but inside it is hot and you will warm up really fast.
Don’t forget your mid-run snack – I am totally guilty of this and sometimes I don’t know why.
I have to be super conscious of not only remembering to bring my jelly beans but remembering to put them in the front pocket of my waistband, not the jacket I am wearing because I won’t be wearing the jacket on the treadmill!
I also have to remember to start eating the jelly beans around mile six just like I do when running outside.
Bring water – I get thirsty much sooner when running indoors.
Think of your long run in smaller parts – For all of my long runs and ESPECIALLY on the treadmill, I group miles in my head, never thinking about the overall picture.
There’s nothing worse than saying to yourself, “I am at mile one and have 14 miles to go.”
Remember that most treadmills will shut off and restart at the 60-minute mark.
I hate this because I like to be the one in control of my run and don’t want to stop because the machine says I have to!
To combat the problem, I will pick a mileage marker (let’s say every 5 miles) to voluntarily stop the belt before it can stop me.
At that point, I either restart the belt or take a minute to use the bathroom, take a drink or pop a jelly bean before starting up again.
By the way, there is nothing wrong with needing to stop at different points of your run. Of course we don’t want to on race day but if you need to use the bathroom, adjust your shoes, take a drink or a breather, don’t force yourself to wait. Just stop and then start again. The less pressure you put on yourself, the better.
My biggest problem with running long on the treadmill is that I tend to go faster than I do outdoors.
Long runs are mostly about endurance, not speed.
Last week I created a long run workout plan for myself that would take into account my need to go a little slower while catering to my desire to go faster without overdoing it.
Remember to adjust the speeds below to what works for you.
You will note that I started the treadmill at my home pace, increasing slightly every so often with a push at the conclusion of each mile followed by backing off again.
This workout, when pushing more towards the end (around 8.0 instead of staying at 7.5) brought me to seven miles within seconds of the treadmill shutting off making this a great routine if you are trying to get seven miles accomplished in one hour.
Once you complete the first 60 minutes and if your treadmill shuts you down like mine does, simply restart the belt and this workout for as many miles as you have remaining.
And during those moments where you get bored/frustrated, repeat to yourself:
I want this. I am not stopping. Stopping short of my plan is not an option.
And if that doesn’t work, picture how good it feels when you are finished and enjoying your favorite post-run meal.
Works for me every time.
Click here if you missed last week’s treadmill workout.
How is the weather by you? Will you be running long this weekend indoors or outdoors?
True or False: Everything tastes better after a really long or hard run…
Are you off on Monday? Long weekend plans?