Running Long on the Treadmill

It’s looked a lot like this around Wichita lately.

Running Long on the Treadmill | A Mother's Pace

It hasn’t just been nice summer rain showers. It’s been stormy with a lot of lightning and rain. It’s great that the lakes are all filling back up but there’s been some flooding in the area and it’s definitely made running a challenge.

I’ve been out running in the rain a few times in the past couple of weeks but if there is lightning I’m not taking any chances. 

I kept delaying my long run this week. I usually like to wake up, eat a little snack and head out the door for a long run. This week it was storming (of course) and so I kept putting off my run hoping that the sun would come out. Or at least the downpour would stop. 

By 11:30 a.m. I couldn’t avoid it any more and so I headed down to the treadmill.

Running Long on the Treadmill | A Mother's Pace

The good thing about running long on the treadmill is that there is plenty of storage space for water, Nuun, and energy chews. And the Kindle Fire. I know there are plenty of runners out there that power through a long workout with no entertainment but I’m not one of them. I rely heavily on my Netflix subscription while running!

I definitely set my treadmill distance record this week. 9 miles in 1 hour and 37 minutes which makes it a 10:46 pace. 

You know, it wasn’t that bad. I made it through a little over 2 episodes of a Netflix show and then I was finished. I set the treadmill to go at a set ‘long run’ pace from McMillan’s Pace Calculator and just ran. 

I’m a little amazed by how much I don’t hate my treadmill!

Would I run long again on the treadmill? Sure. I always say I prefer to run outside but running inside has some perks.

It seems as though I ran the perfect distance this time around. A few minutes after finishing the 9 miles I was walking to cool down and my treadmill just shut down. The belt stopped, my data was gone. It was done. I guess I reached a time goal, maybe it was 1 hour and 45 minutes? 

I’m glad it happened though because now I’ll know to reset my run in the middle when I run more than 9 miles so that I will be able to track all my data. I would have been super upset if I had just ran over 9 miles and then all the numbers were gone. Yep, I’m a numbers geek!

Running Long on the Treadmill | A Mother's Pace

How do you keep yourself entertained on the treadmill? What’s your distance record on the treadmill?


Staying at home with kids sounds easy, right? Life with 3 little ones is busier than I imagined. I don’t write every day on the blog but I do update Facebook, Twitter and Instagram more often. 

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