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And tell me to get my butt outside for my long run this weekend <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">. My running partner is out of town and I have a 14 mile run to do, and the weather is crap. No negative windchills, probably in the 30's but there is ice everywhere and that is what worries me. I don't want to fall or get injured.<br><br>
I can hit the treadmill but the gym has been really hot and there is no staff on the weekend to adjust the thermostat. Not to mention it's 14 miles!! Last week I cut my TM run 30% (did 7, was supposed to do 10) because of the heat in the gym--I really thought I was going to puke.<br><br>
This is one of two long runs left (and two pace runs) before my half on 3/22, so I really need to do it. I've never had such a huge mental block against doing it though--I've always looked forward to my long runs. I could put it off until Sunday instead of tomorrow, which would be better as far as weather (but still no partner) but if something else comes up then I'm screwed, no time left after that. Help!<br><br>
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Lisa, I am going through a huge challenge with motivation right now and I am in robot mode. It is working. I do most of my runs on the DM during the week, cuz I get up too early and it's not safe for me to go outside. Yes, the DM is horrible, but how about trying a different approach? Could you run the first few miles on it and then going outside? I would start on the DM cuz it's the boring part, so if you are outside at the end, that should more likely keep you going. I play a lot with the DM clock. Every 5 minutes or 0.5 mile I slightly change the speed, just to have something to look forward to, pace by the music on my IPod (always being careful about not going too crazy)...<br>
Is there a park around where you live with a trail or a nice paved road with reasonable drainage? If you feel unsafe at any spot, just walk through it. With only 2 runs left, You've done your training, this is just the tweeking.<br>
Maybe you don't want to walk a lot, but taking walking breaks could just bring some change and make you focus on something else... I do 20:2... maybe you can do 20:1 ?<br>
I don't know... just throwing it out there.<br>
Now, let me tell you. You will get out there and do it because this is what running is about. We just keep moving. Get out there with just the goal of finishing it. Don't worry about pace. Work on your form and pay attention to where you step. Just get this thing done. I'm sure if it was race day, there would be no bailing out. So, there won't be any this weekend either.
 

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Thanks Ty!<br><br>
Hmmm--we've done part outside and part on the DM before but always <span style="text-decoration:underline;">ended</span> on the DM and never started a run that way, so that would be something new. And that last part has sucked every single time. Last time the heat wasn't on but the blinds had been open all day and the sun had warmed up the place to about 75 or so--not good coming in from 30 degrees or so. That was the worst 5 miles ever. I am so ready for Spring to get here! We've just had ice storm after ice storm for weeks now.<br><br>
I may do some driving around this afternoon through my planned route and the other 7 mile route we've got that starts at the gym (if I need to do the DM) and see how the roads look. I did plan a new route so maybe actually going to look at it will give some motivation as well <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">.<br><br>
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You gotsta do it! Everyone's gonna check back to make sure you did, now, and you don't want us to see you missing it, do you?<br><br><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Be careful with the ice, but do the run - you'll be way happy you did!
 

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oh boy... no doubt about it... going the other way around, from 70's to 30's will feel much better... just make sure you have enough layers for when your body cools off...
 

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The thinking about it is always worse than actually doing the run. Icy here and I have 14 to do, too. I think it's going to be another run of loops through my 'hood (quiet side streets)or running around the perimeter of the local megamall (it's a 1.5 mile loop and it's the first place that gets salted). I'm just going to get up, put on the headphones and get it done. I'm always amazed at how much I dread it and then how quickly the time flies and I get it done. I'm starting at 7:30 EST if you need a virtual training partner....
 

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Dress appropriately and tell yourself you're going to go outside to enjoy the scenery of a wintry morn. Or just cowboy the eff up and get 'er done!!
 

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I have to wait until noon or so to go out--have to wait for DH to get home from his workout in the morning then go to work for a little bit, but I will report back after my run! I drove my route this afternoon and most of it was fairly clear but a couple of roads were still totally ice covered. I'll probably prepare for both (inside/out) and then drive it again before I run. It is supposed to be 35 by noon so maybe I'll get lucky<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">.
 

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Glad to hear you had a good run Hawk!<br><br>
I managed to do mine all outside and just had a few places where I had to watch my footing--more for mud and potholes on a gravel shoulder after the ice had melted than ice itself. So it may have been a little slower than it should have been but that's okay--it's done <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">. The sun was out when I left the house and just after I started the clouds rolled in so it was 33 degrees when I started and the same when I finished. It was chilly enough I got cold really quick when I stopped and had to spend some time in a hot shower when I got home to warm up.<br><br>
I stopped at the gym to use the restroom around mile 7 and boy was I glad I didn't hit the TM--it was absolutely roasting in there. Then when I got home I was looking at the calendar and noticed DH has something he has to do tomorrow afternoon so if I had not done it today it would not have happened.<br><br>
Thank you all for your kind words--it really helped a lot!<br><br>
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Good job Lisa!<br><br>
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