Yeah the title says a lot...running 10.0 miles on the treadmill just isn't all that much fun and depending on the outdoor course, I really think that running that far on the treadmill is harder than doing it outside. That is pretty much why my long runs have been hit or miss this winter.
I have decided that I am not going to be stoopid and do a long run outside right after a storm or if the temps are under 20*F, especially since I am running by myself. The one thing that I am starting to do more often is think safety first during the winter, when if things get dicey it usually happens suddenly and in a spot where no one is around to help out.
However, I haven't run double-digits since January 2nd, just because I couldn't bring myself to do 10 or more on the treadmill - if it does matter, the body doesn't want to do, kind of thing.
I don't mind the treadmill until around 5-6 miles then it just starts wearing on the old noggin and I get antsy about having had enough and get off a little later. Today I started started out a bit slower and then increased the pace only a little at a time. Versus my usual set it at faster pace and attempt to hold.
When I got to 5.0 I played some mental gymnastics, plus I was feeling pretty good and just a little motivated after watching the marathon trials and hanging around with a bunch of runners yesterday afternoon.
So I made it through the 10.0 miles
2.0 @ 7.2 mph
2.0 @ 7.3 mph
1.0 @ 7.4 mph - I got through 5.0 in 41:20
1.0 @ 7.5 mph
1.0 @ 7.6 mph - During this mile I had the usual treadmill shut-off at 60:00 minutes and then had to re-start and get things going again - just a pain in the arse.
1.0 @ 7.7 mph
1.0 @ 7.8 mph - Yeah, I was screwing around with the music and the phone went flying, I had to stop and get things discombobulated and put back together
1.0 @ 8.0 mph - I felt great.
I could have kept going and finished with a half, but I decided to stop here since I still had to stop at Wally World (what zoo) and Tractor Supply and get home in time to eat lunch with Mary.
A couple of things that first I learned is that I probably would run better if I hydrated - I didn't take any water or liquid during the run and could feel the lack of it.
Second. For me and the way that I run, I have a feeling the N1 Roads are up to a half marathon shoe for me and the way I run - maximum. They are light, fast and comfortable, but...If was going to train for a full ever again, I would probably use the M2 Roads as my marathon race shoe - just a little more cushion and they would give a bit more support. Especially, since I will never break any speed records, any time soon.
Now why did I run on the treadmill on a day when the sun shining in all its glory and the roads were clear? Ummm let's just say that when Bennie and I walked this morning, by the time we got to the end of the driveway, he was doing his "fake" the old guy out by doing the 3-legged dog walking (but he kept switching the foot when he thought I wasn't looking. This is something he does when it is cold as hell out and he doesn't want to walk.
I wasn't feeling too cold, but then again when you are dressed like this, you can be outside a little longer than a naked short-haired dog. hehehehe Yeah, I cheated, if I had to be naked outside in this stuff, I wouldn't want to be out there too long either.