Saturday morning I felt chilly in my bed. It must be REALLY cold outside.

Eric typically heads to Starbucks alone for his coffee before I start my long run. It’s a 15 minute calm before the storm of watching three kids. This Saturday the littles all wanted to go with him and I didn’t want to be the party pooper mom who had to run and miss a family outing.

When we got in the car the temperature read 11 degrees.

There was no way I was going to run outside. NO WAY. I don’t like being cold.

I’ve been addicted to Dexter on Showtime lately so it was a-ok with me that I was going to do another long run on the treadmill.

21 miles later, the last at marathon goal race pace of 7:03, I felt like I could keep going. This always happens to me on the treadmill. There are many miles that think about quitting. I think about trying my run the next day or taking a step back week. Pushing through isn’t always easy but it prepares me for the hard parts of a marathon, so I never give up. Not once have the voices in my head won out and let me quit. At mile 21 I wanted to run 5.2 more just because. I reminded myself that my goal is a race, not a random 26.2 on a Saturday morning. One day I will do it just because.

21 miles – 7:44 average

Friday’s are my rest days [no cross training, no running]. Sunday I had planned on running but didn’t. Even though Friday’s are crazy I may need to start getting up at 4:30 to get a run in or at the very minimum a Jillian DVD in, because I typically end up skipping my Sunday runs.

I wanted to start the week out on the right foot so the boys and I headed to the gym.

3.1 miles – 7:19 average

1 hour of spin

1 mile – 7:25

It was my first time attempting to run after spin. It felt strange. Very strange. My legs felt like jello and my lower body did not feel strong. I have a new found respect for triathletes. Once the workout was over my first thought was – 21 miles on a treadmill was MUCH easier than what I did today.


Here is one of those do as I say and not as I do moments. If you are training for a race – working out for 2 hours a day is no big deal. If you are trying to loose weight or just be healthy I don’t recommend working out for that long. There is such a thing as too much exercise and if you aren’t recovering properly or eating well your body is going to break down.



  • I read every single comment. Thank you guys for always taking the time to give constructive feedback or just generally lift me up. I’m sorry that I’ve been slacking on responding to them lately! Trying to find a mommy, training, writing, coaching balance and it has felt more complicated lately.


  • Loved Katie’s disclaimer on this post the other day – BE YOU people. It’s great to learn from other runner’s but what works for you might not work for someone else and what works for me might injure you. It’s important to listen to your body and not get caught up in comparisons.



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  1. That is a LOT of miles on the treadmill! Go you! Running during the winter in colder climates is so tough when it gets chilly and windy. I can’t even imagine what your run was like after your spin class; I can hardly walk after doing a stationary bike workout. :)

  2. I am so incredibly impressed with 21 miles on the treadmill. An hour is so hard for my brain and even that is with constant switching of the pace or elevation to keep my mind thinking. I can’t seem to follow TV shows on the treadmill, so I am jealous of those who can :) Way to go!

  3. If only it could be perfect running weather year round :) Hope you had a nice day!

  4. Thanks Amy! I’ve found that watching shows with close captioning on helps keep my mind occupied more than listening to the show. Not sure why it works but it does :)

  5. Kudos on your long treadmill run! My feelings are when you gotta run, you gotta run! Treadmill or not. :)

    I was wondering when your shirts would be back in stock? You’re an inspiration to me & something about “I Run This Body” just really does something for me. I haven’t ran in a month due to plantar fasciitis but I’ve been going to physical therapy and my PT has been treating it with needling so I think I’m about ready to be over it and back out there enjoying my runs again.

  6. I’m impressed with all those miles on the treadmill, I’ll think of this post when I’m running 7 miles on the tm tomorrow! I’ve tried running after spin class too, it is SO tough!

  7. Denise C. says:

    One of these days I must see what it is like to run on a treadmill. Hopefully I don’t make a fool out of myself. :) I too, DO NOT like being cold. I was able to escape my home this weekend while my sick son napped for what I was hoping was going to be a nice 4 miler. I did 2.50. Everything on me was freezing, when I get super cold I don’t function well at all. My training for my half marathon has been horrible these last 2 weeks. I’m supposed to be hitting my 3rd long run and have yet to do 1. At first I was bummed because if I don’t race it’s money wasted, but then I gained perspective on why my training was virtually not there- my 6 year old son was sick, and not just the sniffles sick, he got hit hard with that nasty norovirus that is going around (which as of today turned into pneumonia). HE is more important to me than the race. One of my goals is to just go with it when things happen (instead of complain and whine). I’m going with it. :) Cheers!

  8. You continue to be such an inspiration! I can not stand the treadmill, so seeing how you did 21 miles (twice!!) is amazing! I braved the snow on Saturday to meet my training group to run 11 hilly miles. I was crazy enough to choose that over a treadmill run! I will say I am ready for winter to be over, too!

  9. Good luck with your run!

  10. Shirts should be arriving in the next couple of weeks. I’m going to try to start taking pre-orders this week or next!! I’ll post it on my blog :) AND I agree – a run is a run and you have to do what you have to do.

  11. Temps rarely dip quite that low in my neck of the words. Still, we deal with a lot of drizzle. I have done long runs on a treadmill (though never at that impressive pace!) and find I like them quite well especially when it’s drizzling outside. Your post makes me feel justified doing so. Thank you again. I truly enjoy the inspiration I find here.

  12. Thanks Allie! I’m certain running outside is just a little bit more crazy than the treadmill when it’s below freezing 😉 I’m SOOOOO ready for winter to be over!!!

  13. I LOVE drizzle. Totally strange but I really like the rain and enjoy running it in. My daughters middle name is Raine because I like it so much :) It’s fun how different all runners are yet somehow the same. Have a wonderful week!

  14. Hey Dorothy! I totally agree with you on spinning. My friends think I am crazy when I say I would rather run 14 miles than do a 45/60 minute spin class (which is approx. the distance I travel in that one class)! I compare that class to the pushing stage of labor. My joke is always that they strap your feet in so you won’t run away screaming. All of that being said, I will be incorporating one spin class a week with my training for the Lincoln Marathon (I am running the half). As much as I dislike it while I am doing it, it makes me feel like a rockstar and reminds me that I can do anything I put my mind to! I can’t imagine running after a class. Maybe I will try that next time :)

  15. Shannon Oakes says:

    You are such an inspiration! I live in upstate ny and have hit some short runs in 9 degrees but have hit the treadmill more lately. I take a lot of flack for not being “die-hard” enough.
    But you?! 21 miles! Awesome!

  16. Wow. 21 miles on the treadmill is impressive. I think the longest I have done is 9 miles.

    Spin is great and I agree about the jello legs!!

  17. Jen Floyd says:

    21 miles on the treadmill is just awesome!!! I might have to give it a try. The farthest I have gone on the treadmill is 12 and it did that on Friday! I spent part of the day trying to figure out races that would work for me. With kids and traveling and our church (my husband Pastors a church and we don’t race Sundays), picking races always seems like such a project! Long runs seem to be the hardest for me…well over 16 makes me nervous! In my marathon trainings (well the last 2, the 1st one I got runners knee and never went farther than 16) I usually only do 1 20 miler and 1 18 and 1 16. I think I might do better if I get some more long runs in. I picked a 10k on St Pattys Day and I think a marathon in April, maybe the Allstate Chicago 1/2 in June and we are both doing Kansas City marathon in Oct. I have never done spinning but when we go on bike rides with my kids I am dead! I can’t imagine running after a spin!…might be kinda like trying to do a wall sit after a run! :) Do you know when the Virrata comes out? I don’t do minimalist I currently run in the Guides but I might want to give the new ones a try! I like the extra cushioning! I don’t even have a blog or anything so I am sure balancing everything on your plate can be a challenge!

  18. Dorothy! I am hoping to quote you from this in my upcoming post. I LOVE where you mention…do what works for YOU. Would it be okay to use that part? I’ll def give you the credit!

  19. Wow I don’t know how you do that many miles on a treadmill…it’s very impressive. I think I might have taken the 11 degrees though

  20. Your biggest fan! says:

    In case you people don’t know this already.. Dorothy is not only a pretty lady, she is an extremely smart and talented person!

  21. 21 miles on a TM is no joke. Very impressive. My longest TM run was 22 miles because I had to have my run done by 6 am on a Friday morning before work. I run by myself and was too chicken to go outside that early. Great job!

  22. I’ve tried lots of mental tricks/games, but I have yet to finish a LR on a TM. Kudos to you, impressive, influential and inspiring… just another day for Dorothy!

  23. Awesome job on the treadmill run! 20 miles is the max I’ve run on the ‘mill and love the mental strength I get out of the workout.

    I’m a Brooks gal now and love their Pure Project line. I don’t run in 0mm drop shoes but usually the 4mm drop ones. Love how much stronger my legs felt after making the transition!

  24. Right now I do zero cross training but know I need to (& want to). Similar to you, I have 3 little ones. I gave up the gym membership years ago. So I pretty much only run, and my preference is to run outside vs. the treadmill. I dread the treadmill and it must know it b/c it seems it’s extra hard on me. 😉 Anyway, I’ve been looking at getting a DVD but there are so many out there. What is your favorite Jillian DVD? Or other DVD? Great article, loved the perspective and tips! I have a similar mindset re not making comparisons, so it was great to read/hear this from another.

  25. I am so impressed by your running mojo. I hope to get there one day. If I had unwatched Dexter episodes it may just get me to run that far on a treadmill! I love running and I’m sidelined by a stress fracture right now. Hopefully back to running soon. Until then I’ve asked my doctor to give me the ok for spinning class. He actually raised his eyebrows at that one. Clearly even he knows spinning will kick your ass!!!

  26. I’m excited to see how B&A goes for you. I feel like your approach this go round is different than in the past and I am interested to see how that plays out on race day. Also, I love that one day I’m going to stop by here and your going to be like, ‘I got bored today so I ran a marathon on my treadmill.” You’re awesome like that!

    Thanks for the link love!

  27. I want to thank you so much for being such an inspiration and a great support! I wrote you a few emails back in 2011 when I was pregnant and figuring out the whole running + pregnancy thing, and I ran up until a few days before I delivered with your advice! The first year of balancing baby and work made my running very sporadic, but I have started off 2013 really strong and refocused and I am getting ready for the Rock n’ Roll half marathon in DC. Your blog continues to inspire me! I have been thinking about joining the gym as well but have been unsure about how my daughter will like being left in the daycare. Happy to see it is working out for you!

    Maria Crawford

  28. This is always a hot topic around my house. My wife claims she gets better results by running on the treadmill but me on the other hand, I get my best workouts from the run,spin,run. It gives me a diverse workout and keeps my body guessing. Thats my opinion. Great article post!


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