I asked myself this not two hours ago while running my longest long run this year on the treadmill.
Ice and freezing temperatures outside meant that I would be doing my first super long run on the treadmill. To say I wasn’t looking forward to it was an understatement. I don’t make excuses so I knew I had to get it done.
Prior to running B & A Trail Marathon in 2010 I did almost all of my long runs on the treadmill, running up to 20 miles.
A little voice inside of me said – PR today – PR today.
I got on the treadmill once baby C went down for his nap. Hubby told the other two I had gone somewhere and that he had to be Mr. Dad. He played American Girl Doll with Chloe and did projects with Miles – anything he could to prevent them from coming into our room and interrupting my run.
The first 7 miles moved slowly – I ran out of water fast. I stopped for less than 45 seconds to pee and fill up my water and got back on. I told myself you are not stopping no matter how bad this hurts till you are done with 20 miles.
I started the run at 8:20 pace, dropping down to 8 minute pace and then to 7:40 for the majority of the miles. Mile 19 and 20 were the hardest – RACE PACE. 7:06 for two miles nearly broke me. I talked out loud.
What are you made of Dorothy? How BAD do you want to PR in the marathon this year. I SAID HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?
The treadmill might not be the best training physically[for me personally], but mentally there is nothing like pushing through 20 hard miles on it. 20 miles move relatively fast outside – on a treadmill I feel as if time is standing still. I am running and going no where. There are no birds chirping to put a spring in my step. I don’t feel the breeze on my face.
It is important for me to work my MENTAL muscle just as much as my physical muscles. The treadmill works my mental muscle.
After the 20 miles were over I hit stop. I walked to fill my water bottle, which was again empty. I looked in the mirror and said…..
Is that what you are made of Dorothy? 20 miles?
So I got back on the treadmill [because that's what every sane person would do - right?]
2 more miles – for 22 miles total and a new treadmill PR in distance.
Ask yourself – how bad do you want it? How bad do you want to PR? If you want it then make it happen. Put in the work and BELIEVE all things are possible.
Was it icy or snowy near you? Did you venture out for your run or make the treadmill your new best friend?