Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Back on the road again....

Yippee! Got in an 8- miler Monday, then a nice road/track 10-miler today. Pace: 9:29, which is on the fast end of the 10-20% spectrum.

For Boston, my goal is to TRAIN to fun a 3:45: 8:35 MP, but my main goal is to re-BQ; which is a 8:45 pace. So, I am going to train using MP of 8:35, and hope for the best come race day.

This was first MLR I've done outside on the roads in almost two months. After the 3 weeks off, I have been doing 90% of my runs on the Treadmill. I am a bit unique in why I don't mind the TM, and here are the reasons:

WHY I LIKE THE TREADMILL FOR WINTER TRAINING (not in any particular order)
1) I can control my paces: especially good for tempo and speedwork.
2) I get caught up on the news, sports, and sometimes even enjoy Ellen and Rachael Ray show.
3) I don't have to worry about the weather; which means I also don't have to worry about what to wear.
4) I don't have to worry about the cold weather bothering my asthma
5) If Danny needs me at school for his asthma, I can be reached by cellphone, and am only 15 minutes away, as opposed to having to run miles back to my car
6) I can use the bathroom, refill my water, and get a new towel: really great for MLR.
7) I can run on an incline, which my S*ITBand seems to appreciate.
8) There are always other people running while I am running: when I am on the trail, I might pass 1 or 2 other runners.
9) It is easier on the knees/Sh*tband than the roads or trails.
10) I don't have to carry my own water or food.

Boy- don't I sound pampered!!!!

Summer running is another ballgame-- put me outside any day!

Tomorrow's topic: Marathon training program for Boston.



mills said...

Stationary bikes have been the standard in body fitness equipment and cardio workouts for a very long time. They will also provide overall cardiovascular conditioning while providing all around fitness. Stationary bikes are great because they burn calories quickly and do not usually cause serious fatigue after use the way Treadmills might.

L.A. Runner said...

Glad you are getting back into it! You're one of the few that actually likes the TM. Hey- whatever works! Stay strong!