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I’ve learned that if you want to run in New England, you need to become an all-weather runner. In the past six months, I’ve practically run in it all:

Rain.

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Snow.

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Heat.

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Humidity.

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Snowmageddon.

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Ok, I ran in Snowmageddon on a treadmill, but I should get some brownie points for venturing out into the most treacherous weather I’ve seen in my adult life. It’s awful outside!

On my way to the gym, I totally rocked the running pants + snow boots. Man, I felt cool.

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Workout

At the gym, I channeled my inner Hungry Runner Girl and ran 10 miles on the treadmill. I still can’t believe I didn’t die of boredom! 

I planted myself in front of two TVs.

And I had enough Lady Gaga to launch the Spanish Armada. I was ready to run.

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To keep myself entertained for 10 miles, I used the workout below, which is based off one of my favorites, and did it two times from beginning to end.

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The first 4.86 miles flew! I’m still shocked how quickly they went by. I guess I was just feeling it… or maybe I blacked out?

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Once I reached 45 minutes, I stopped the treadmill, caught my breath, and chugged some water before repeating the whole workout again. I didn’t need to warm-up this time, so I went right into the workout at 6.5 on the treadmill.

At the end of Round 2, I still hadn’t reached 10 miles, so I ran for an extra couple of minutes until I reached my goal. I finished in 1:32:07 (9:12/pace), which is a great time, but slower than my previous 10-milers. Is it possible to run slower on a treadmill?

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Snack

Before heading to the gym, I snacked on a Blueberry Muffin Larabar that I was sent to sample. It was tasty (very blueberry muffin-like), but not my favorite Larabara ever. I still think Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip is my favorite.

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Lunch

After my epic treadmill run, I quickly showered and made lunch. Usually, I’m not very hungry immediately after a long run, but I was starving today!

I made a chicken salad sandwich, but, instead of mayo, I used avocado.

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I had it on a whole wheat English muffin with butternut squash on the side.

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After lunch, I enjoyed half of an English muffin with almond butter and butterscotch chips on top. Mmm! I missed this treat!

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Where did today go!?!

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114 Comments

  1. I absolutely always run slower on the treadmill than I do outside. I think it’s because on the treadmill I don’t “push” myself as hard (or as fast) as I do outside.

  2. My favorite Larabar is the peanut butter chocolate chip too.

    I haven’t been out to exercise in this weather yet. No gym membership will do that. What gym do you go to?

  3. I would guess the slower overall pace is because of the intervals you were doing vs your “natural” pace outside. For example, 6.3 mph is approx a 9:45 pace, which is slower than your normal outside pace.

    Just a side note – if you do decide to start running outside again *please* be careful! I’m not sure if you saw via twitter what happened to Manon, but she went out for a run Saturday morning, slipped on some black ice, dislocated her ankle and shattered both the tibia & fibula right at her ankle. She’s out of running for at least 6 months. 🙁 It has me scared to run outside again until the snow is all melted!

    Just my PSA for the day. 🙂

  4. I applaud you for doing 10 on the treadmill…the only way I can get through major miles on the machine is by doing a tempo or workout, kinda like you did. I definitely find switching up the pace helps, since I’m focusing on one chunk at a time.

    PS- That chicken salad with avocado looks delish…is it just diced chicken with mashed avocado?

  5. Good job with the 10 mile run!!! That’s my goal for next month… hehe. Oh… and in case you are interested… I am hosting a very special Valentine’s Day giveaway on my blog. I think you will like it… it’s vintage! Leave a comment to enter 🙂

  6. The same all-weather running is required in new jersey, but I’m a wimp and go straight to the treadmill once the snow is on the ground. I always run much slower on the treadmill than I do outside, and I find that workouts are extremely difficult. It’s a good thing it’s the offseason!

  7. I despise long runs on the treadmill. Last night I only did 5 (on my half-marathon training schedule) and thought I might die. I always feel like I’m going SUPER fast on a treadmill…when I’m actually going slower! Argh. 🙂 This darn snow makes it impossible to run outside though…here’s to hoping that the local Y is open tomorrow – they’ve been closed the past 2 days due to snow. Then at least I could run on their (tiny) track.

  8. Y’all keep getting SO hammered with the snow up there! Its just not right! Way to rock it out on the dreadmill! TV & good music definitely helps. Avocado is delicious in so many ways! I just ate some on top of a spicy soup- awesome!

  9. I am a new reader, and this is my first comment 🙂 Wow, ten miles on a treadmill, that’s awesome. I find that I run MUCH faster outside as well.

    Today is my rest day and I didn’t leave the house due to the snow, so kudos to you 🙂

  10. PB and chocolate chip Larabars are my fave too! oh and that PB and butterscotch chips (yummiest flavour EVER) looks so good!

  11. Wow! Great job!! I’m trying to work up to 6.5 and being able to do it for longer periods of time. I stared at 4.5 and now I’m at 5.5-6.0 further distance. Getting there!! -I wish I could run in all kinds of weather. I haven’t ran at all outside, yet!
    Jess : )

  12. I like the chicken and avocado idea! I ran 9 miles on the treadmill about a week ago and it wasn’t quite as bad as I expected it to be. I think I “talked” to myself about it all day and just knew I had no option but to do it. Way to go on the 10! 🙂

  13. Congrats on tackling a long run on the treadmill! I feel like once you make peace with the idea, it’s a little easier to get through. I’ve had to rely on the treadmill SO much this winter in order to get through marathon training. I keep saying, “I would rather run on the treadmill than not run at all.” Have a great night!

  14. Today flew by, didn’t it?!

    I run slower on the treadmill too. I’m glad it’s not just me. Kudos to you for doing 10 miles. Impressive!

  15. Dang, I can’t believe you didn’t die of boredom either!! I did 3 yesterday..looking outside the entire time wishing I was there instead.

    I used to be a *total* wimp about running in anything but sunshine..but after this winter and running through 20mph wind and snow (accidently on both)..I’m much better at braving the elements.

  16. I’m not sure why so many people say they run faster on the treadmill because I’m totally slower — great job on your run! I know what it’s like to have to tackle long mileage on a treadmill due to weather — I did nine last weekend!

  17. am so impressed with 10 miles on the dreadmill, I think I might die of boredom, but given the choice of that or no run, I’d go with the treadmill too. I totally run much slower on treadmill than I do outside!

  18. SO I run a lot on a treadmill in the winter, and this is what I do to keep entertained. I bring two pairs of headphones – one for music and one for the TV attached to the treadmill. I get to watch TV and listen to music, and then if something good comes on TV I can switch. I find I generally only ” need the TV” in the early miles when the run is a struggle, but after 4 or 5 miles it becomes a lot easier and I can zone out to just the music.

  19. Way to rock that run (and the boots + crops look 😉 glad to know I’m not the only one who does that)!! I’m a veg but I imagine that avocado chicken salad would be great with salsa too!

  20. You are awesome!! I thought my six miles on the treadmill was a feat, but now I have a new goal to reach..ten! I get so bored so I’m super excited to use your workout! I love when you post treadmill workouts (in the winter when that’s the only option)..It really gives me incentive to get my runs over with!! Thanks Tina 🙂

  21. I generally run slower on the TM but I consider myself an outdoor runner, to put it mildly. Unless it’s freezing rain or there’s absolutely no place on the road to run (like, uh NOW), I’m out there. So giving in and running on the TM already makes me feel defeated so I just take it easy. Still I figure I run faster on the TM than I would outside in the snow and ice, so it’s no major loss.

  22. Holy cow- I’m not sure I could pound out 10 mi on the treadmill, even though I’ve done 6.

    And to answer your question, YES, it def is possible that you run slower on the treadmill than outside- I know I do. I’m way faster left to my own devices outdoors.

  23. i always run slower on the treadmill than outside! i think it has to do with the stride that the treadmill forces me into. i have a problem with not being able to keep my pace down or really run “easy” outside, so the treadmill is good for me in that instance since i have to keep to a pace. however, i do my best, fastest, runs outside – you can really go with what your body tells you instead of setting a pace and forcing yourself to do it. another time you should listen to your body!

  24. I also live in the northeast, and have run in all conditions. The one I couldn’t do last year was heat, so this year I need to get a treadmill before summer hits. We didn’t get too much snow where I am, but everything was cancelled so I stayed inside all day yesterday!

  25. I still haven’t been able to find the Blueberry Muffin LaraBar! I’m dying to try it.

    I find sometimes I run slower on the treadmill too, just because when you’re running outside you don’t necessarily know how fast your going when you’re outside and your speed isn’t regulated like it is on the treadmill, so you could be going a lot faster outside and not even know it!

  26. Wow….10 miles on the treadmill! I’ve recently been running longer distances on the treadmill, but I’ve only made it up to 5.5 miles. It’s definitely hard to not get bored. I usually have to constantly watch TV or read something!

  27. Another new Larabar flavor? I still haven’t found any of the “chip” flavors to sample!

    I run slower on the treadmill… it causes me mental pain to run on it, it’s so hard to get past the numbers in front of me. I still can’t believe I trained for my first marathon primarily on a treadmill.

  28. Thanks for sharing this treadmill workout! I absolutely HATE running on the treadmill (and I ALWAYS run slower on the treadmill than when I run outside, btw), and I was faced with running 6 miles inside today (part of my marathon training) because Chicago is still digging out from under Snomaggedon 2011. This workout helped me get through it!

  29. Thanks for the treadmill workout idea! I have run in pretty much all weather this year too…except the snow…but it’s starting to get downright dangerous around Boston. I’m going to try this treadmill run tomorrow and hopefully stay on the thing for 45 minutes without getting bored!

  30. my longest treadmill run has been 12 miles .. not for awhile though! i was going to try this 45-minute workout you have posted here, and do it twice as well – what did you have the incline on? Did you keep it steady on 1.0 the whole time or did you vary it at all?

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