Happy Olympic Trials Day! As I sit typing this I’m watching the Olympic Marathon Trials down in Houston, and am absolutely amazed at the strength and speed of these runners! I think it’s safe to say that I won’t get anywhere close to that in my life, but I’m ok with that!

Today I had 3.5 miles on the training plan. I’m planning to do my long runs on the weekends outside as much as possible, but today the road was icy, and that’s one thing I’m not willing to deal with on a run. It’s not worth it to slip and hurt myself! To this day I still struggle with slight pain when I breathe too heavily while running due to an injury I obtained from slipping and falling on ice while running.

I got up and made myself a serving and a half of oatmeal plus 10 ounces of orange juice, which keeps me well fueled and hydrated while I run. Then it was off to the gym.

Today I decided to celebrate Olympic Trials day by breaking in my new pair of Brooks Adrenaline’s, so I was interested to see how how my feet and legs would feel after the run. After your advice from last week regarding my shins hurting on the treadmill, I put the incline up to 1 and had no shin pain at all! Throughout the fall I really struggled with going out too fast on runs, and therefore each mile got progressively slower. Even in races, I haven’t been able to kick to the finish very well because I feel spent. That’s no good, and I’m attempting to correct this as much as I can.

In that vain, I hopped on the treadmill and did the following workout for a total of 3.5 miles:

  • Warm up- 3 minutes at 3.8-3.9
  • Mile 1- 5.0 (12:00 minutes per mile)
  • Mile 2- 5.2 (approx 11:30 minutes per mile)
  • 1 minute speed walk at 4.2
  • Mile 3- 5.4 (approx 11:05 minutes per mile)
  • 3 mi-3.3 mi- 5.6 (10-something minutes per mile)
  • Cool down- .2 miles at 3.6

Unlike other runs where I feel like I’m dying by the end, this time I felt strong in the last minutes of my run, which was fantastic! I’m starting to see that a benefit of running on a treadmill is that your body runs at a consistent pace, which can help train you to know your body and pace. I felt great after this run, and plan on using this technique again!

I came home to take an ice bath, which was miserable but not quite as much as the first time! I wore clothes and drank warm tea, and it was at least tolerable. Now I’m watching the Olympic Trials and am just so incredibly impressed that these runners are able to keep such a fast pace for so many miles. AMAZING! It’s making me really excited for the Olympics this summer!

Now it’s your turn! Did you watch the Olympic Trials today? If so, what are your thoughts? What’re your favorite treadmill workouts to complete?