Ten on the Treadmill

Happy Saturday! I just wanted to pop in to say that I finally feel back on track with marathon training, and it feels so good! I was struggling since I missed last weekend’s long run, but after setting some mini goals last week, I got back on track with a 5 miler on Wednesday and then a 45 minute (4.63 miles) tempo run on Thursday. I took yesterday off, and then today… I did TEN miles!

It was my first double digit run since my half marathon back in March, so I was a little nervous about it all week. My plan was to get to bed really early last night, but that didn’t actually pan out and I slept in until 10am!! I HATE having long runs hanging over my head all weekend, so I decided to suck it up and did the 10 miles ON THE TREADMILL!!

Before today, the farthest I’d ever run on a treadmill was 6 or 7 miles. Mine only goes up to 60 minutes (about 6 miles for me), so I don’t like to go much further than that unless something crazy comes up. Running outside in the mid 80 degree very humid weather just wasn’t doing it for me, so I decided to just power through on the treadmill.

Before I went to the gym, I ate banana sandwiches stuffed with 1 tbsp reduced fat peanut butter, plus a big glass of water.

I also brought a GU and some Watermelon Sports beans with me for fuel while running, plus of course more water.

I ended up breaking it into two segments, since I knew I’d have to start the treadmill again after 60 minutes. For the first go, I did 5.5 miles in 54:48. It went something like this:

    • Mile 1: 5.8 mph (10:20 pace)
    • Mile 2: 5.9 mph (10:10 pace)
    • Mile 3: 6.0 mph (10:00 pace)
    • Mile 4: 6.1 mph (9:49 pace)
    • Mile 5: 6.2 mph (9:40 pace)
    • Mile 5-5.5: 6.3 mph (9:31 pace)

After the first 5.5 miles, I used the bathroom, refilled my water bottle, and ate the GU (which was just OK flavor-wise). I ate most of the watermelon beans during the second half of the run – and they were also just OK flavor-wise. When I got back to running, it went something like this:

    • Mile 5.5-6: 6.3 mph (9:31 pace)
    • Mile 7: 5.5 mph (10:40 pace)
    • Mile 8: 6.0 mph (10:00 pace)
    • Mile 9: 6.2 mph (9:40 pace)
    • Mile 10: 6.3 mph (9:31 pace)

Total: 10.0 miles, 1hr,39min,56sec (9:59 pace)


It actually wasn’t THAT bad. Since I changed the speed every mile, I focused on one mile segments, and that really helped me get through it and made it seem more manageable than looking at the whole ten miles together. Now, I don’t think I’ll be doing long runs on the treadmill unless absolutely necessary, but it was less terrible than I thought it would be.

After the run, I refueled with a green smoothie:

1.5 cups skim milk, 1 frozen banana, frozen strawberries, and a large handful of spinach. So refreshing. I also made a Mexican Egg Scramble:

With 2 eggs, 1/4 cup black beans, 1 oz reduced fat shredded mexican cheese, salsa, and chopped cilantro. YUM.

And now, off to a crab feast! =)

Treadmills – love ‘em or hate ‘em? What’s the absolute farthest you’ll run on one?

19 Comments on Ten on the Treadmill

  1. Lisa @ I'm an Okie
    August 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm (9 years ago)

    Great job! And what a nice pace!

    and i love the treadmill–but for 3 miles tops!

  2. Cait @ beyond bananas
    August 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm (9 years ago)

    Congrats on 10 Beth! Glad you are feeling back on track. I like treadmills for tempo runs and intervals. The furthest ive run on one is ten miles and that was a while back

  3. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    August 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm (9 years ago)

    Sometimes longer runs need to happen on the treadmill. It happens. The “changing speeds” approach here makes it more bearable. Especially for my inner 8-year-old that likes pressing buttons.

  4. Christy
    August 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm (9 years ago)

    Nice run! The longest I have run on a treadmill is 6 miles…and that was this morning! I am training for my first half marathon and will be doing quite a few long runs on the treadmill. I have to work out so early in the morning that I don’t feel safe running outside alone. But I like that you switched up the pace. Every little distraction helps!

  5. SlimKatie @ Runs for Cookies
    August 6, 2011 at 5:14 pm (9 years ago)

    10 miles on the dreadmill… holy smokes!

    I think it’s obvious from my blog that I DESPISE the dreadmill. The farthest I’ve run on one is 5 miles, and that was just ONCE. I usually can only go 3 miles before I want to shoot myself in the foot.

    I’m in total AWE of people that can do long runs on it–I wish I could! (It would be convenient for me, because I have kids)

  6. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me
    August 6, 2011 at 9:27 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m not a runner sooo I’ve only gone 3.5 miles on the treadmill, haha! I’ve done way better on the spin bike! 🙂

  7. Roz@weightingfor50
    August 7, 2011 at 10:25 am (9 years ago)

    Woo Hoo!!! Way to go on that treadmill run! Have a great Sunday Beth!

  8. Magnite
    August 7, 2011 at 10:47 am (9 years ago)

    Congrats on the long run!!! I did a 10 miler yesterday too. This summer I have changed to running on Saturday too, way better. Today is yoga and recovery. I avoid the treadmill, might do some hills on it if I have too. my home treadmill is a nightmare and might get in 45 mins max.

  9. Nicole
    August 7, 2011 at 11:40 am (9 years ago)

    Obviously, running outside is the method I prefer, but I don’t mind hitting the treadmill for a 30 or less run. Trying to do a long run on it sounds a bit like torture 😉 But, when training, I get it. I once had to do the same thing, but I think I only had to do 50 minutes or so. So…congrats! That run was huge 🙂

  10. Morgan @ Becoming Rooks
    August 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm (9 years ago)

    Congrats on the 10 miles!! The longest I’ve run on the TM is 11 miles. Training for a January half in Florida while living in snowy Ohio forces you inside a lot! I think I am going to investigate yaktrax this year.

  11. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl
    August 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm (9 years ago)

    I love the treadmill. However, I have never been able to stand it long enough to do 10 miles! Way to go!!

  12. Brittany @ A Spoonful of Peanut Butter
    August 7, 2011 at 9:30 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m a fan of the treadmill because I don’t have any good places to run outside around my house. and WAY TO GO!!! 10 miles is absolutely amazing. Not just because it was 10, but because you and I did our first 10 milers on the treadmill on the same today! watta coinkydink! 😀 Good job girl! Be proud of yourself!! I know I’m proud of myself. lol.

  13. Amanda @ Running On Waffles
    August 9, 2011 at 11:28 am (9 years ago)

    Congrats on surviving 10 miles on the treadmill; I can barely make it 10 minutes! I just found your blog yesterday, and I’m really loving it. I’m also (attempting to) train for Marine Corps!! After battling a back injury for the last 11 weeks, I’m finally starting to get back into running, but it’s still slow going.

  14. Katie
    August 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm (9 years ago)

    You are brave. We are traveling for a wedding this weekend, so I think I’m going to end up having to do my 8-miler on a treadmill, either at the hotel on Sunday morning or Sunday night when we get back. UGH. I am dreading it. The longest I’ve gone on the dreadmill before is 6 miles.

    (OH and I belieeeeve you did a double digit run in April – Cherry Blossom? 🙂 still, quite awhile ago – so good job!!)

  15. Julie
    August 25, 2011 at 5:02 pm (9 years ago)

    Geez, woman! Thats awesome! Btw, your skin must be so clear and glowing from all the nutrients your feeding yourself. 😉

    I met you at the HLS and your enthusiasm was contagious… cheers to our health!

    • Beth
      August 25, 2011 at 9:25 pm (9 years ago)

      Hi Julie!! If only my skin WAS glowing.. not so, not so. Glad we got to meet!

  16. Sabah
    October 13, 2011 at 12:29 am (9 years ago)

    how many points are in the mexican egg scramble?


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