Sunday, January 11, 2009

Lessons from 9.5 miles on the treadmill.

  • Although I'm no Christine Clark, I can handle some distance on the 'mill.
  • Half-way through feels good, one mile to go feels better and the post-run walk feels awesome!
  • I can get into some pretty long conversations with myself while running. I'm a terrific listener. And I totally crack myself up.
  • Hills are your friends and treadmill inclines just don't cut it.
  • It's easy to keep a steady pace on the 'mill, but it gets a bit boring and shaking it up helps.
  • In 90+ minutes I can plan an amazing basement renovation.
  • Daydreaming about crossing the finish line in 3:55 or 3:50 or -- dare to dream -- 3:45 can make a mile pass in what feels like a minute.
  • Man, oh man, do I need to build up my arm strength.
  • The post-run banana makes me feel a little pukey.
  • Finishing my longest run in over three years is one of those Rock on! moments that makes me want to shake my wimpy arms over my head in glee.

28 comments:

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I bow to you - I could never handle anything close to that distance on a treadmill.

BeachRunner said...

Very nice Mill run. Lengthy. Wooo! You are the queen of the Mill-o-ramma-lamma-ding-dong.

Rock on!!

J said...

haha I sometimes have conversations with myself while running, or what I would have said to that person had I thought of that quick come back!! great job on the run!

Gotta Run said...

I have often thought that if I could post my "running" thoughts is would be one random post for sure.

loved yours!

wmd said...

running is definitely a great time to plan out conversations... or re do old ones.. lol

I wish I had room for a treadmill. Although I probably would find it boring.

Great job on the run!

The Laminator said...

See, I can appreciate that 9.5 miles on the 'mill is hardcore! The only difference between you and me is that when I'm on the 'mill at the gym, I feel the eyes of everyone else on me as if they could see my innermost thoughts and are making judgments on the obscure thoughts I have when I'm running...so I try to not have any embarrassing thoughts, but sometimes I mess up and that's how I ended up on the floor today with a scraped knee. Live and learn.

Melanie said...

wow! That's some serious distance on the TM! Kudos for going the distance!

I Run for Fun said...

Wow! Planning a basement renovation while on the treadmill? Hats off to you! All my creativity disappears when I'm on the 'mill.

Cassandra said...

OMG I am so glad that I read this. I have a long run planned tomorrow for the treadmill and now I am feeling a little better about things!

Great job and thanks!

Stuart said...

Nice job I am having a hate hate relationship with my TM right now!

joyRuN said...

THAT is incredible! Gives me heart to go for a 4th mile on the mill this morning.

D10 said...

I am always daydreaming when I run, usually about random stuff. Grat job.

Denise said...

Way to go!! I have a 7miler on the treadmill tomorrow. 6 is usually my limit on that thing.

Diana said...

Great job on the run! I'd have such a hard time with the boredome - do you listen to music? I'd need my ipod for sure.

Marcy said...

LMAO! Ooohhhh girl I'm with you on the basement remodel! Every time I'm down there for an extended amount of time I think "Good God this place is a dump" HAHA

AWESOME job getting that sucker done!

Marlene said...

That is a LONG time to be on the 'mill. Awesome job!

Stacey said...

I run on the "dreadmill" a lot in the winter. I can totally relate to this post! I am such a wimp in the winter weather...and my treadmill died this week..I have a love hate relationship with it...I am missing it as it is beginning to snow right now.
Good job on the longest run in 3 years!

tfh said...

Rock on! is right.

I crack myself up, too. Probably that's an example of a time when it's better to be on a treadmill in your basement than out on the street, subject to the stares of alarmed passersby.

Lily on the Road said...

eyyeaye, that is amazing, wimpy arms or not, you deserve to throw those puppies into the air!!

Janice {Run Far} said...

After 9.5 on the treadmill, you deserve to shake your arms (wimpy or not) above your head with glee. Especially when it is your longest run in 3 years. Go girl!

aron said...

wow - AWESOME job!! i dont think i could last that long on the mill... 6 miles is my max and that is pushing it :)

Julianne said...

9.5 miles on a treadmill?? Impressive. I barely eeked out 6 on the mill today. Great job!

Frayed Laces said...

Wow! Congrats on your accomplishment! Achieving a new distance feels SO good!

Mark Salinas said...

For it is much tougher on a treadmill. Way to do!

Vava said...

I love that you crack yourself up! I do the same thing, sometimes to the point that I'm laughing while running, looking like a complete blathering idiot to those I pass along the way. Well, more of an idiot that usual...

Fantastic job on the distance - and on a friggin' treadmill too!

lindsay said...

thanks or stopping by my blog and for the well-wishes this past weekend! they definitely came in handy:)

9.5 on the tm is nuts! sounds like you have some serious mental toughness. it'll certainly help carry you to the line for that 3:50 :)

Roisin said...

Way to go!!! And on a treadmill...shoot! Super Woman is more like it

Freedom Runner said...

You. Are. My. Hero. I max out at 20 mins (that's MINUTES not miles) on the treadmill (you can't run with numb feet). Go shake your arms with glee all you want, and do whatever else makes you feel good--you deserve it for that accomplishment! :o)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...