I’ve been struggling with the treadmill lately. Many a time I’ve described my love/hate relationship with the treadmill. I hate to love it, love to hate it. With out it I would not have been able to train for the B & A Marathon, with out it I would not have pr’ed, with out it many a pregnancy run/walk would not be happening. The problem lies in the fact that the treadmill is really hard for me and can be at times quite discouraging.[pregnant and not pregnant]

I’ve almost resigned myself to the fact that when I attempt a treadmill run now it will be a run/walk, with hopefully more running than walking. I’m proud of myself not for the distance but the time spent doing the activity.

While running yesterday it occurred to me why I used to keep a very detailed training log. You learn from your past success’s and mistakes. Call it mommy brain, call it pregnancy brain, or maybe it’s just that at the ripe old age of 28 – I’m actually getting old. Whatever it is, I have short term memory loss. When I was training for the B & A Marathon this past winter, many many runs were at a 10 min pace. Yes I said 10 minute. Not because I wanted to run this slower than normal pace, but because that is all this girl could do on the treadmill. This coming from someone who ended up running a 3:21.

Why oh why did I not remember this? When I hop on the treadmill now, almost 22 weeks pregnant I just expect my slowed pace to be 10 minute miles. HELLO – that’s what you could do when you were in shape. Yesterday I tried a different approach.

I started the treadmill at 5.5 – ran a mile speeding it up to 6.0 or more at the end. Walked .25 of a mile and then ran another .75, repeating the .25 walk and the .75 run and finishing off with a .25 walk. 3.25 miles – run/walk. I ran way more of the run than I usually do and the time it took me was much shorter.

If I had kept a diligent training log this year, I would have known this and could have saved myself weeks and weeks of frustration with the treadmill.

As for what kind of log I use/like you might ask. A traditional paper log. You can pick one up for less than $15 at any specialty running store. I lay it out on my dresser and log in my runs when I’m finished with them. I’m all for technology but it’s way too many steps for me to log into my computer and enter this info. A paper training log can be taken on vacation, when your computer is best left at home. A paper training log can be enjoyed later like a book, as you look through all that you accomplished over a year.

I’m happy that I figured this out with a little less than 1/2 way to go in this pregnancy. Hopefully my treadmill running will either stay the same or improve, it was really getting me down thinking that it could go down from 3 miles run/walking.

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Comments

  1. Way to go! Seriously!

    I used my treadmill up until 2 weeks before I delivered. Loved it. Still do. I swear by my treadmill!! So happy to follow your journey.

  2. saundra says:

    I prefer the paper log as well. Thanks to Runner's World, I get a new one for free every year.

  3. think I will have to pick up a paper log..or track down the one that came with my RW

  4. The Happy Runner says:

    Ha! Glad I'm not the only one who has trouble w/the treadmill. I'm glad I have it but just can't run the same as I can outside. Even at 28 weeks pg I have an easier time outside. When it isn't insanely hot, that is.

    Keep it up!

  5. Karen the "Hungry Mom" says:

    when i was forced to go on the treadmill during the month of the blizzard, I would always set it out at 5.5 or somewhere nice and easy and then every mile go up a bit… it really helped to break up the run mentally and ease into it! youre doing great, every week down is one less to go!

  6. The Laminator says:

    You amaze me D! You really do, you just do! Wow!

  7. Melissa says:

    I hear you about the paper log book. I have several from years past but now log everything on the computer. I do, however miss the ole log book.

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