Treadmills get a bad rap. I personally don't mind them but have always had limits to how far I can run on one. My previous treadmill record was 10 miles and that was on the gym's treadmill where there are visual distractions. At home, my treadmill record was 6 miles. Last weekend's run was cancelled due to a storm that brought heavy rains and gusty winds so what was I to do? Run on a treadmill. It was my longest run of this marathon training -- 22 miles! Weekend plans were set in stone so I had to do my regular Saturday long run on Friday. With two young children and a spouse who was traveling, I decided to wake early and get in some miles before the kids woke. I ran 10.5 miles before my kids woke, took a 15 minute break to get them set up with some breakfast and a movie (they thought they were the luckiest kids EVER), and ran another 7.5 miles to get in 18. The kids had a birthday party to attend so I showered and wore compression socks for the 3.5 hour (standing!) party. When I got home, I ran another 4 miles to get my 22 miles done. I didn't watch t.v. but did listen to music for most of the miles. And the miles were run at a pretty slow pace because of the distance. I don't recommend running that much on a treadmill, but as moms who run we know that sometimes you just have to do whatever possible to get those runs in. I'm very much looking forward to a run outdoors later this morning!!
"The fight is won or lost far away from the witnesses... in the gym, and out there on the road..." - Muhammad Ali
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