|I usually have company when I'm down on the TM|
|sometimes I have to wait my turn|
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE to run outside as much as possible in all kinds of elements. I know it's essential for training. But there's times where it's just not smart not only as a runner (I've seen alot of winter related running injuries lately) but also as a wife and a mother. I have a lot of responsibilities (including a very physically demanding job) other than running and if I were to get seriously hurt when it could have been easily avoided, I would never forgive myself (not to mention be so pissed off when I have to miss some training and races).
|The kids cheer me on sometimes on the mill|
This current training cycle I'm training for the Ocean Drive Marathon (March 29th). My goal is to improve my Philly Marathon BQ time by about 1.5 minutes as my current BQ will not be good enough to get in. I purposely have not done any races since the Phunt 50K (Jan 3rd) so that I could train hard, not risk injury and be fully recovered for the race.
|good times slopping through the rain/mud at the PHUNT but my legs were hurting for a while after|
Am I concerned that not running as many miles outside will hurt me? Not really. If anything I think utilizing the treadmill this cycle has been much more beneficial than if I had done some of those runs outside. I've noticed my legs have been overall feeling pretty good, almost refreshed. I mean I suppose it could be since I haven't raced in a couple months but it could also be just giving them a little bit of a break from the constant pavement pounding. I was a little worried at first that I may not be running as fast as I thought I was on the TM, as we all know our Garmins are not perfectly correct inside. But the runs lately that I have done outside that have included some speedwork, have gone really well. I've been able to achieve the pace I want making me feel that I'm doing some solid training this cycle regardless of where I'm doing it.
|Sometimes I do make it out ;-)|