Another treadmill run today. It was raining. I don’t love pushing the BOB in the rain.
How I keep Brooke entertained while I run on the treadmill:
I line my treadmill with her favorite toys (I save Mr. Bird for the grand finale) and hand her one to play with until she throws it on the ground from boredom. She averages about 3 minutes and 30 seconds with each toy (Mr. Bird about 6 minutes) and once she has gone through all of the toys she is either asleep or I pause the treadmill to pick them all up and start over again.
I still feel bad about dropping the dog one as I was running and it flying off of the treadmill into the wall.
Marathon training for me starts in just a few weeks. In case you were wondering, yes… I am scared. I have gotten rather comfortable with being comfortable with my long runs being no longer than 1.5 hours but in a few weeks that has got to change.
What do you do when you are nervous about something? Force your internet friends to read about it and talk about it.
(I NEED another trail run. Now. It has been too long)
Obviously there are HUGE benefits for doing (and being consistent with) your long runs:
-I think one of the biggest benefit of long runs is that they help us mentally. Each week (except for cutback weeks) you build your mileage a little higher. Some plans even have you get up to 22+ miles in training for the marathon. As you slowly build up your mileage the more and more confidence you build, you realize that you are strong enough to finish the distance. They help you mentally during the race because you can look back on your training and remember how you pushed through your previous long runs and finished them and so you know you can finish the race.
**The long run teaches you how to cope with being fatigued and how to persist when you want to quit.
–Practice. The long run allows you to practice everything for the marathon. Shoes, clothing, playlists, fuel, hydration, socks, headbands etc. etc. etc. so that you know what works best for you.
-When we train our bodies to run long, it learns how to store more glycogen which allows you to go farther before hitting the wall.
-You can sit on the couch for the rest of the weekend and do nothing because the long run gives you the perfect excuse to be extra lazy after you finish it;)
-Your VO2 Max improves. Your VO2 Max is the ability of the heart to pump oxygen rich blood to your muscles and the ability of the muscles to extract the oxygen to use it.
–MUSCULAR STRENGTH!! ‘In addition to increasing the energy stores in your muscles, long runs also increase muscle strength. Altough your body first exploits the slow-twitch muscle fibers during a long run, it eventually begins to recruit the fast-twitch fibers as the slow-twitch fibers fatigue. The only way to train those fast-twitch fibers is to run long enough to tire the slow-twitch fibers first; by strengthening all of these fibers, you’ll avoid bonking on race day.’ (Hansons Marathon Method)
And PS Brooke is big enough to ride around in an umbrella stroller now. She thinks she is big stuff.
Who else will be starting marathon training soon? Anyone in marathon training mode right now?
What do you think the biggest benefit of the long run is?
What has your longest training run for a race been?
Give me a delicious dinner idea to make tonight… I need help.