This is the story of Week 9 of my marathon training, or "How I Ran 16 Miles on the Treadmill."
Okay, actually, there isn't much of a story. I spent this morning checking the temperature and whining about how cold it was and how I didn't want to run until it hit at least 32 degrees. Eventually, I gave up and decided to run inside. I've done extended speed workouts on the treadmill, but I changed the speed and incline so much that it broke up the time nicely. Today, I started out thinking that I would run 6 miles easy and then run a few mile-long intervals before calling it quits. I got to Mile 12 and, after that, just kept telling myself one more mile until I got to 16. It was a challenge mentally, but it was great preparation for the marathon. (Hey, look, I can do the same thing over and over for hours!)
Week 10 is up, and there are six weeks to go until the race.
Here's the schedule:
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: 6 miles
Thursday: 4 miles
Saturday: 20 miles (second of three)