Yesterday, I had some work to do that I was able to do while on the treadmill. I have only run twice since my marathon on October 6th because of my pulled hamstring. I did 12 miles on Friday and it felt fine. I had wanted to get a long run in during the weekend to test it out over the long haul before I start my next program next week.
Since I didn’t get to do the run over the weekend, I decided to do it today while I did my work. I felt so good that the miles started going by quickly. I kept the first couple of hours at a 8:34 pace to not put too much stress on my hammy. I felt so good that I started thinking that maybe I should just go the distance because I wanted to see how it felt and to see how I could do with all the training I had put in prior to St. George (where I thought I would have been in more of a mid-3:20s shape instead of the 3:35 I ended up with, which was due to the hamstring). Well, it turned out that I turned in my 2nd best marathon time ever and only missed my PR (set at St. George) by a little bit. I felt great and even did the last couple of miles around 7:30 pace to finish my treadmill marathon in 3:37. That bests my treadmill time by 11 minutes!
How about all of you? Have you ever ran a marathon on a treadmill? What is your longest treadmill distance? The farthest I have ever gone on a treadmill was 70 miles – it is somewhat strange to cover that much distance all while on the same 60″ belt. 🙂