|Polar vortex treadmill running is getting on my last nerve!|
I'm running, on the treadmill, but running. I'm still trying to stick to my Illinois Marathon training plan. I'm also trying to be realistic. My main goal with the Illinois Marathon was a PR (who doesn't ever have that goal), but the PR needs to follow a happy and well-done training cycle. I don't have to run a Spring marathon, I'm not a professional runner, there is no reason I must run one other than for my own personal reasons. Right now I'm trying to figure out if I will be short-changing myself on this training cycle with the polar vortex ruining the joy of running. I don't know the answer right now *sigh*.
I want my next marathon to be joyful. I run because I actually enjoy running. It gives me a stress release, it is a feel-good, and it keeps me fit and healthy. When running becomes a burden, that is when I scale back and re-group. I don't want running to ever become something I dread. I don't want to go to bed at night dreading the next day's run.
Running 14+ miles on the treadmill is dreadful. I don't know who enjoys it. And right now I'm looking at another marathon training cycle with double-digit runs on the beast of a machine. I know so many momma runners must be on it and there are times I have no choice either due to weather or childcare. I totally get why we use the treadmill and I am a fan of using it from time to time. But having 2 months trapped on it during this training cycle is going to be worse than usual.
We'll see how I feel in another week or two. I've decided that if it looks like we're all stuck indoors for another month, I'll scale back the Illinois Marathon to a Half (assuming they let me) and shoot for a Fall marathon. Dang it!
Forgive me, the polar vortex has made a crabby runner out of me at the moment.
Breathe deep. Look at kitties to calm the nerves.
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