Treadmill “Races” Summary

When I don’t have a race on the books (which is extremely rare!), I get a little antsy and try to think of something to drive my running a bit. Last week I got the idea, that it would be interesting to run each race distance that I have run from 1 mile – 50K. To make it even more interesting and challenging, I would have to keep each time within 10% of my current PR at each distance. Because I love running, love running numbers, and love writing, I thought I would share my summary of the week.

Treadmill Races Summary

Monday, April 8

  • 1 Mile – 6:44 / PR: I actually cheated a little bit on this one since I had not actually ran a 1 mile race before 🙂
  • 5K – 24:00 / PR: 20:20 –fail – should have been 22:22 or less
  • 10K – 45:00 / PR: 43:13 – pass – had to be 47:33 or less

Tuesday, April 9

  • 15K – 1:11 / PR: 1:09 – pass – had to be under 1:16 (this was also easy because I haven’t raced a 15K in years, so my PR should be lower)

Wednesday, April 10

  • 13.1 (Half-Marathon) – 1:40 / PR: 1:37 – pass – had to be under 1:46

Thursday, April 11

  • 26.2 (Marathon) – 3:28 / PR: 3:35 – HUGE pass! – had to be under 3:56 (this was a big surprise – my last mile was a 7:06)

Friday, April 12

  • 5 Mile – 38:00 / PR: 34:50 – pass – had to be under 38:10 (a squeeker!)

Saturday, April 13

  • 50K (31 miles) – DNF! I knew this was going to be hard. I started too late (9:30PM) and didn’t fuel properly throughout the day and felt very dizzy through the later miles. I did my best to make it at least the marathon mark before stopping. So,
  • Modified for Marathon – 3:40 / PR: 3:35 – pass – had to be under 3:56 (for the marathon)

Sunday, April 14

  • 10 Mile – 1:16 / PR: 1:13 – pass – had to be under 1:19

Week Summary

  • Distance: 100.1 miles
  • # of Runs: 9
  • Average distance per run: 11.1 miles
  • Total time: 13 Hours
  • Average Pace: 7 minutes, 48 seconds
  • All done on my treadmill!

This was a pretty fun week for me! It was hard because it was one of my busiest work weeks so I had to really squeeze some of these runs in. It was fun to push myself each day to try for the best time I could get. It was kind of funny to “set” a PR for the marathon distance (obviously doesn’t count as an actual PR since it was on a treadmill, not in an actual race, and I would get off to go to the bathroom and stop the clock) and still have enough steam to do another marathon in a decent time two days later.

It is amazing what you can think of to do when you don’t have a particular training program to follow. Try it sometime – let your imagination run wild! Have a great week!

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

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