This weekend’s plans to head to Nevada for a weekend of wedding activities was derailed due to an onslaught of dangerous snow over the pass. Instead, the weekend was full of errands we desperately needed to tackle while dodging in and out of the consistent rain.
I was planning on joining a group for 19 miles outside on Sunday, but one wet step outside left me with a predicament: Stop being a baby and run in the rain? Or forgo the risk of getting sick and deal with a long run on the dreadmill. I have been sick more times than I would care for this year and I wasn’t about to increase my chances: dreamill it was then.
If you are going to do a long run on a treadmill, here are my key tips to ensure that it’s quasi-bearable:
- Pack Accordingly – Prepare your fuel just as you would for a long run outdoors. This includes a water bottle and food (P.S. I LOVE Clif Blocks, but the margarita flavor? Not my fav). Only difference is you don’t have to schlep it on your waist –WIN!
- Bring A Towel – An added bonus of a treadmill long run? You can have a towel handy to dry the inappropriately large amounts of sweat you will produce from running indoors.
- Movies – Sure you can watch TV shows, but watching a movie keeps you focused for larger amounts of time. Try and watch one that you haven’t seen yet as you’re more likely to stay focused on the film and forget about the indoor torture you are enduring.
- Netflix It Up – So, here’s where it gets tricky. My gym is AMAZING in that it lets you connect your iPhone to the personal TV on the treadmill so you can watch whatever movies you have on your iPhone/iPod. If you have this, I’d strongly suggest getting a subscription to Netflix and downloading their free iPhone app. With the iPhone app, you can watch any of the movies in their instant streaming collection! Plug it up to the personal treadmill TV and PRESTO! You have all of Netflix’s instant streaming library at your sweaty fingertips.
- Refuel Properly – Eat a high carbohydrate meal with a good source of protein within 30 minutes of your workout. I definitely heeded the “high carbohydrate” portion of that advice, but quality carbs and a source of protein…err…not so much. But it was damn good.
Have you ever done a long run on the treadmill? How did it turn out? What did you do to prevent death by boredom?
Happy Running and congrats to everyone who finished the LA Marathon!
Day 79: Errands
Day 80: 19 miles