How I Ran 22 Miles on the Treadmill


First, I warmed up with easy running. Then I set my treadmill to 6.5mph and a 1% incline and left it there for 21.5 miles. To fuel my run, I had some Gatorade and raisins which worked just fine. Gatorade is often used at races so it's good to train with that every once in awhile. The raisins gave me some extra calories.

Using aTreadmill Pace Conversion Chart, I averaged a 9:09/mile pace. Although I don't know about the accuracy of the chart or my treadmill, that's a faster pace than I ran my 20 miles on the treadmill last week.

Photo: A flower seen on my Palo Duro Canyon trip to the desert. 

Comments

  1. That's a lot of miles on the treadmill! But very motivating, since I'm probably looking at a longer run (14-16) that I'll probably end up doing on the treadmill soon, due to business travel. I'll remember that you survived :)

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    1. If you're at hotel gym that looks like it doesn't get a lot of use, you might want to make sure the treadmill works before you want to run. Once I hopped on the hotel treadmill very early in the morning and couldn't get it to work - kind of ruined my plans!

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  2. I can't stand being on a treadmill. How did you keep from going bonkers ?

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    1. Ha, ha! This run was only two more miles than my last treadmill run so I knew I could do it.

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  3. wow! that is super mental training..... my mind is not that tough yet....

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    1. Yeah, stronger would be good for me!

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  4. I love long treadmill runs! Way to go, Tina...I'm not sure how you do it with just raisins but good for you! your pace is great!!

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    1. Thanks! I had about 3 tablespoons raisins and 44 oz Gatorade. Next time, I'd have more Gatorade in my bottle, just in case I need it, though.

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  5. Wow, that is amazing! Didn't you get bored? I usually watch tv while running on the treadmill and still get bored! :) Congrats!!

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    1. I usually listen to music, but this time I watched TV - caught up on the news and watched an old black and white movie.

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  6. That is speedy fast for that many miles on a treadmill. I couldn't do it. Could Not Do It. (The speed or the miles.)

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  7. Wow! That is a lot of miles on a treadmill! good for you!

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    1. Thanks, I only did it because it's so hot out and I know that you understand that!

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  8. i can make it through an hour long episode of a fav show - maybe a really good movie could do it - yet that's it. although i really need to think about buying one of my own with heat here in Vegas. the above treadmill runs are done on my inlaws. it is older, and i doubt the accuracy of it when it comes to pace/mileage.

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    1. If you're really concerned about the treadmill accuracy, you could just run by time like some runners do - especially long distance runners. I like to know my number of miles, but I also keep track of time on the treadmill for long runs.

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  9. Wow I'm impressed! I think you are my treadmill running hero. I figure I'll have to do some long treadmill runs this winter as I train for Goofy. Now anytime I don't want to do them I'll just have to think of you. If you can do it, I can do it. Thanks!

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    1. The Goofy Challenge sounds like a true challenge! Fun!

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  10. Incredible...I thought I did a lot of miles on the TM but you have definitely taken over top spot! Amazing!

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    1. Thanks! I just did a quick search...In 2010, the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled on a treadmill in 24 hours by a woman was 247.2 km (153.6 miles) by Edit Berces of Hungary. Now, that's a lot of treadmill miles!

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  11. Good run ...especially on a treadmill!

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    1. Thanks, Robin! It feels great to be able to complete such a long run.

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  12. Wow! You really are my hero. I get tired of that thing after 3 miles. Great job!!

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    1. Thanks! Sometimes the first three are the toughest.

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  13. Nice going!! Not sure if I could run that far on a treadmill:)
    Barbara
    My Running Shortz

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  14. I understand the attraction of a treadmill when it gets hot. I still don't feel like I could do it. Somehow it doesn't appeal to me. I'd rather brave the heat or wake up early. So I'm very impressed you lasted that long on it. What did you do to keep yourself distracted?

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    1. One thing that helped was watching a movie - an advantage to being in one place for a while!

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  15. I could never do that on or off a treadmill! That is just awesome running.

    Never heard of the conversion pace chart...

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    1. It's a handy chart. I put a link to it on my Running Links page along with some other helpful links.

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  16. That is seriously impressive. Wow! Do you notice being more sore after running that long on the treadmill vs outside? I wonder about the repetitive impact of the mill vs differing terrain outside.

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    1. I think I'm less sore after running on the treadmill. Not only am I less sore, but I'm less worn out overall because running outside in the heat is tough.

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  17. Oh my gosh, and I thought the 15 I put in a few weeks ago was bad (and I do my fair share of treadmill running)! That takes some serious mental fortitude.

    I don't know that I really believe the treadmill conversion charts either. If I'm really concerned I usually turn the pace up a little faster (I tried the incline thing about a year ago and gave myself Achilles tendinitis doing that), but I do wonder how much difference it really makes, especially if you're running in a hot room, since you work harder at higher temperatures.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up on the incline and Achilles tendinitis. The long treadmill run is a little hard at first, but when I get towards the end and know that I'll finish, it feels great!

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