Whether you despise Valentine ’s Day or delight in its red hearts and romantic sentiment, one thing can’t be denied…love is in the air for this gal! Given that Cupid appears on a Monday this year, Chicken Face and I decided to celebrate this weekend, but that was after I had a hot date with another man: Mr. Dreadmill.
After a week of traveling and work, I was a bit overwhelmed at the thought of having to turn out my first 20-miler of the season this weekend. Despite the GORGEOUS weather outside (I know… crazy), my brain wanted to completely go numb and planning an interesting route was more than I cared to take on Friday night. Instead, I ran 20 on the dreadmill Saturday morning.
Ok, ok, before you slap me upside the head for doing this, there was more strategy to it than it may appear:
- This was my first 20 miler of the season and in addition to training for your pace, you have to train to be on your feet for that long. Thus, this first 20 would be used to get my body used to simply moving for that long again.
- I always go out too fast. I’m completely aware that this is a no-go, but I wanted to start testing two theories:
- Go out faster so you can “bank” some time and it will account for the “fade” as you get into the higher miles. Do you go out a bit faster to “bank” time for the end of the marathon?
- Or run at a specific pace for the entire time and see if my body still fades the same way it does when I go out a little bit faster to “bank” some time.
- My brain needed a break but I still needed to get the training in, so I rented “You Again” on my iPhone and plugged it into the treadmill. PRESTO! New movies on the personal TVs at the gym. This and “The Hangover” helped me effortlessly cruise through the 20 miles.
To my surprise, this dreadmill strategy is exactly what I needed. The chick flicks helped me giggle, I kept at a slightly faster but steady pace the entire way through, and I was able to test out some new fueling options. The even better news? When the 20 miles were up, I didn’t feel completely beat to hell. In fact, I didn’t even have to nap…BONUS! Two hours and 35 minutes later, I was ready to celebrate an early Valentine’s Day with Chicken Face.
A trip to Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Science, surprise wine tasting and an amazing Italian dinner. My heart is complete!
Happy running and happy Valentine’s Day!
Day 47: Rest
Day 48: 6 recovery miles