I did this past weekend's "long" run on a treadmill at the LAX Marriott. Up at 4:30 and on a machine by 5:00. Boring, right? It wasn't as bad as it sounds. I had 10 miles on my schedule, but really only had time for 9 before I had to stop to get ready to leave. I split the run into 3 mile segments, just in case I needed to relinquish the machine to anyone waiting to use it (which I ended up not needing to do). After each segment I took a super quick water & gel break, then got right back at it. I can't say it was the most thrilling run I've ever done, but I've got to give props to the fitness center.
They had really nice equipment with plenty of each kind of aerobic machine, and every machine had it's own TV built in to it. Didn't bring headphones? No problem - they provided disposable pairs. They had stacks and stacks of clean hand towels and several different sanitizing wipe stations to wipe down the machines when you were done. There were several water coolers, including one full of ice water with lemon and lime slices floating in it for an invigorating citrus touch! Feeling wiped out after your exertion? How about a nice, chilled, Eucalyptus-infused washcloth? Amazing. To top it all off, they had trays of fresh fruit available for a post-workout snack. My only complaint is that the facility was too hot - it felt like a sauna in there - especially once more people came in as it got later.
I was really pleased I was able to get in almost all of my scheduled mileage - I had been concerned about whether it would really be feasible on the road. I guess it just goes to show that it's possible with a little determination and commitment to force myself to get up and going and get it done even while traveling. Nice.
And after the run we headed to The Rose Bowl to watch UT beat UCLA! It was an incredible football game for us. Add in a day at Disneyland on Sunday, and it was a great weekend!
Saturday's Treadmill Run:
- 9 miles; 2:04:34; 13:50min/mi avg. pace