I’m BACK!

Hello again!!

Hi GIF | 2 Generations RunningLife has kept me pretty busy on the weekends lately – 2 weeks ago, I was traveling for a wedding and this past weekend I spent away working at a race in Pennsylvania. I pretty much rely on weekends for writing my blog posts, which is why I have been a little MIA lately. I think that I had some crazy idea that with my new apartment and shorter commute, I would have more time on my hands for blogging, but if anything, I just seem to have gotten busier (why does life always do that?).

But since I am back, let’s talk about running since that is what I like to do around here! The Bay State Half Marathon Β (and marathon in the case of my mom!) is THIS WEEKEND! Ahhh! I’m so excited for it – I think I’ve been experiencing a little race withdrawal since the end of the summer 5k series. But with traveling these past two weekends, I was a little concerned about not being able to squeeze in a final long run before the big day. My training for this half has been very loosey goosey to say in the least, but after running 11 other half marathons, I kind of know the drill. Given that my previous long run of 14 miles was at least 4 weeks ago, I figured it would be on the smarter side if I could squeak in at least a 9-miler. Unfortunately, the days are getting shorter around here, so that left me with only a few options: 1) Try to run 9 miles after work, where I would be able to start in daylight but would end in the dark OR (2) Get up early to run 9 miles before work, where I would be starting in the dark and finishing just after sunrise. I opted for #2, but I did the first 6 miles on the treadmill at the gym so that I wouldn’t have to worry about not being able to see in the dark.

My verdict on treadmill running now that I’ve done itΒ several times in a short span?

2 Generations RunningI honestly kind of hate it. The miles drag by SO SLOWLY and I just get so sweaty without any breeze and on top of that, I’m bored. But enough of the pity party. I guess if anything, treadmill running makes me appreciate outdoor running more, because check out this sunrise (or runrise as I am terming it) I got to see when I went out to the park to do the last 3 miles of my 9-miler:

Runrise | 2 Generations RunningThat view right there kind of made the whole waking up at the crack of dawn thing worth it. The last of my miles flew by, and now I feel ready and confident for Bay State. I’m also psyched to get a weekend at home – my first since I moved out! This week, I’ll just be focusing on a few shorter runs and doing a little carbo-loading (obviously, this is the best part about race week).

Stay tuned this week for a final post from my mom on her thoughts on her training for marathon #2! Hope you have a great week!!

Do you also hate the treadmill? Any strategies for getting through runs you HAVE to do on a treadmill?

 

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6 thoughts on “I’m BACK!

  1. Oh god I hate the treadmill! I always have to put it on a slower speed to feel like I’m getting the same pace, if that makes sense. So basically it drags by. There’s a new guy at my gym who runs on the treadmill, and he looks like the long distance runner version of Thor (i.e. skinny, but he’s even got the long blond locks!) so sometimes I watch him like a weirdo. Otherwise I got for a nice long podcast- Tim Ferris has some good ones. They’re about really interesting life-improving ideas and concepts, so you can get easily distracted.

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  2. charissarunning

    Woohoo to getting that 9-miler in! Don’t worry about a blogging break – it happens to all of us; we’ve got busy lives. I’m excited for your half this weekend!! Wishing you the best of luck! I just ran Steamtown and will have my recap up tomorrow πŸ™‚ It’s a beautiful course! Also, I’ve never really minded the treadmill, but I change the speed or incline every minute so I have something to do because otherwise I would be bored as hell.

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  3. Runrise – love it! And loved the picture. I HATE THE TREADMILL. I affectionately refer to it as Satan’s Sidewalk. Last winter, we had a bunch of ice that forced me indoors. It takes a lot for me to get on the treadmill – and I will if I have to! Great job on the 9 miler and GOOD LUCK in the half!!

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