Sometimes you do what you have to do.

Today was one of those days for me and I got my run done. There’s a very nasty weather system rolling through Toronto this weekend and running 32km outside just didn’t seem like a good idea.

IMG_0243.jpgWith 3cm of ice pellets on the ground, freezing rain falling all day and winds sustained in the 60-70km/h range with gusts even higher than that, I decided to hit the treadmill at Variety Village instead of “braving” the conditions.

Who’s with me?

I’ve run 23km on the treadmill before, but getting up to 30km was going to be a challenge. My running buddy Miguel decided to join me for at least some of the fun. I do a fair bit of treadmill running during the winter and spring, so I had a bit of a mental advantage heading into this run.

Miguel lasted through about 16km before he said “enough” and head home. That left me with a good 90 minutes to run solo which didn’t exactly excite me. Keeping my head in the game was key and I managed to break the run up into a few sections to stay sane.

I also used a bit of visualization, imagining where I was on the Vancouver course as I ran. It wasn’t easy and by about 25km, I was starting to think about packing it in earlier than the scheduled 32km.

I got to 29km and then pushed through for another kilometre before I decided that I’d had enough. Realistically, running another 11 minutes wasn’t going to do much in terms of training effect. 30km was a solid effort, all things considered.

Now I can say I’ve run 30km on a treadmill and I can also look forward to a shorter 23km run next week before the taper really starts. In three weeks I’ll be running my fifth BMO Vancouver Marathon. I’m pretty much ready.