I’ve started training for my annual half marathon that takes place in April. The real challenge this year is that due to peer pressure I’m signed up for two half’s in a row. The week after the annual April half marathon event I’ve got 13 miles to run again in another city. I’ve got my work cut out for me.
The biggest problem living in Illinois is that in the winter it’s hard to get in any distance runs except on a treadmill which I’ve never been a big fan of. I’ve read, and even written, about strategies that will make treadmill running more bearable. I’ve incorporated many of the tips into my workouts. Recently, I’ve been doing my own version of extreme hills which is helping me stay motivated and challenged.
But, despite having a great playlist, mileage tracker and the hill challenge, I still have trouble staying on the treadmill for a distance that resembles a half marathon training run. The boredom and mental fatigue are winning!
Going For A Spin!
I have found the way to extend the cardio workout is to put a short cycling stint in immediately after the run. In the gym where I work out we have spin bikes in the cardio section of the fitness center and no one is ever on them at the hour that I’m there so it’s easy for me to get off of the treadmill and right onto the bike.
It’s been several years since I’ve done any serious cycling. I’m amazed at how much I love the way the spin bike makes my legs feel! Totally different than the running or other activities that I do. Yet I can’t help but wonder if spending the time on the bike will have any impact on my half marathon training or if I’m just wasting my time.