And the Academy Award for Worst Idea in Long Runs Goes to…

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Doing long runs on a treadmill is the worst idea ever! One week ago, I blogged about my previous week’s workouts and mentioned that I only finished 7.5 miles on the treadmill (when I was aiming for 9 miles). I ran on the treadmill because the only time I could find for running that Sunday was in the afternoon and it was warm outside. If you watched the Academy Awards last night, you probably heard Ellen DeGeneres tell you at the beginning of her opening monologue that it has been raining in Los Angeles over the weekend. It hasn’t rained much in Los Angeles. So, we totally need the rain. However, because it’s doesn’t rain much, I don’t have rain running gear. So, I had to take my long run indoors for a second consecutive week. What I learned is that running on a treadmill for more than an hour is the worst idea ever! Treadmills at the gym only let you select up to 60 minutes when you set your time. Then, you have to stop and start again. With 11 miles on the plan for Saturday, I would need longer than 60 minutes. So, for the second consecutive weekend, I attempted a longer than 1 hour training run on a treadmill. For the second consecutive weekend in a row, I failed to finish all the miles I needed. For a second consecutive weekend, I struggled mightily after the first hour had finished and I had to restart the treadmill for the rest. When something happens to you once, you make a mental note of it. When it happens twice in a row, a trend starts to build. So, I’ve learned that running longer than 1 hour on a treadmill does not work for me. I did finish 11 miles of running in the weekend, however. I finished 6.5 miles on Saturday and 4.5 miles on Sunday. I don’t think I’ll attempt more than 5 miles on a treadmill at one time ever again. However, I did persevere and find a way to get the miles in my legs.

Speaking of the Oscars, I think I’ve found a new track that needs to find a place on my running playlist. This was my favorite song performance of the night. No offense to Idina Menzel (or as John Travolta called her Adele Dazeem), but this performance of Happy was so much fun! I loved seeing the nominated celebrities having fun with it in the audience and it sounds like something that I could run with. Oh, how life has changed for me. When I hear songs, I now am thinking about whether I can run to them or not.

Even thought I may have found a new song for the running play list, I still loved Ms. Menzel’s performance of Let it Go. Unfortunately, there are no YouTube clips I can link in this post of her performance. However, the full performance is imbedded in this article from the Hollywood Reporter. So, if you missed it last night, please click on the link. What was disappointing for me about the performance on the Academy Awards is that they cut the second verse of the song. Let it Go, as you ,may have heard, won the Academy Award for best song last night! It’s a shame we couldn’t have heard Ms. Menzel perform the entire song live. However, that’s showbiz for ya.

As for my workouts for the week, here’s how it broke down…

Monday – Rest Day

Tuesday – Ran 6 miles outside! It felt amazing to run that far outside again! Yay for no technical glitches to ruin the fun!

Wednesday – Rest Day

Thursday – Unplanned day off

Friday – Rest Day

Saturday – Ran 6.5 miles on the treadmill

Sunday – Ran 4.5 miles on the treadmill to finish the 11 miles I wanted to do in the weekend; pull ups, dips, abs, leg press

After about a half week of winter like conditions in Southern California (highs in the 50’s and rain), we’ll be returning to the Spring/Summer like conditions we’ve had since the week before Christmas. No treadmill running this week! I’ve got to get it all done outdoors (where it’s meant to be). So, how did your weeks go? Do you like running on a treadmill? Did you watch the Academy Awards? Lastly, please take some time to take the reader poll I posted on Saturday to offer feedback. I’d really like to improve this blog and your feedback will go a long way in assisting me in that effort.

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