Touring and the Treadmill

admin | March 6, 2010 in Music,Running | Comments (7)

Following a terrific Texas warm-up run by the Alamo, it was off to Omaha, Nebraska.  We would spend one day just getting there; then we’d have three days to hammer out details before launching the 2010 Tim McGraw “Southern Voice” tour on February 11, 2010.

It’s a big job.  The band’s got the tunes down already, but there’s staging and lighting and video to build into the show. Everything’s gotta be right…so we have a lot of rehearsal to do.  We’ll hit it in the morning, knock out various details in the afternoon, and do it again at night.  Go to sleep and do it again.

There’s no time to waste, and everyone needs to be on point.

And I’ve still got running to do.  I can’t just NOT do it – not with another marathon out there on the horizon.  Omaha’s got snow everywhere, (not like the “heavy” snow I ran through in Tennessee), and I can’t twist an ankle or get lost during a run and show up late after running an extra three miles I wasn’t planning on.

So, for these first few days…(gulp)…I suck it up and hit the treadmill in the hotel for two, three, or four miles before scurrying back up to my room and getting a shower.  I don’t have a hard plan, no set interval workout or anything, but I know to get the most of this, I’ve gotta push harder…so I run clearly negative, increase my pace throughout…and by the end, I’m running faster, stretching further, and hitting my best clip of the session.

I hate it, but I do it, and I feel better having done it.  The legs are looser, the head’s clearer, and I haven’t let my training completely fall through the cracks before the tour is even underway.

The phone rings.  Oh, crap.  They’re lookin’ for me onstage.

Time to run the show again.

7 Responses to “Touring and the Treadmill”

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  1. Comment by JulesMarch 7, 2010 at 11:37 am  

    Hey Big Brother,
    Look at the bright side – at least there is a treadmill. Hopefully where you are today the weather is warm enough and the parkers are clear of ice and snow for your daily run! Run safe and watch out for those crazy drivers!
    Big Hug,
    Jules 😉

  2. Comment by Matt Beck — March 8, 2010 at 2:36 am  

    Ah the dreadmill, it’s not as fun as road running but it has its uses.

  3. Comment by Kyle DreierMarch 8, 2010 at 8:38 am  

    Looks like a couple laps around the arena would be quite a run. Oh, and I see chairs on the floor there. Do people with floor tickets ever sit at a Tim McGraw concert? – KD

  4. Comment by ChristineMarch 8, 2010 at 9:40 am  

    Keep up the hard, consistent training Jeff.

    Just remember… only 13 days until spring “officially” arrives! Then running on the treadmill can be a thing of the past.

    Ya Gotta Believe!

  5. Comment by Genvieve GoldsteinMarch 8, 2010 at 10:22 am  

    A treadmill is still a workout…and think about how much more you will appreciate when you get back out on the pavement!

  6. Comment by Kevin LeathersMarch 9, 2010 at 9:53 pm  

    Running on a treadmill? Ugh! But… you gotta do what you gotta do. And NOT running is NOT an option. Great pics!

  7. Comment by KelleyMarch 13, 2010 at 8:37 am  

    Hey Hun,
    Sounds like you, as usual, are inspiring the masses. Uplifting the uninspired and tempting the rest of us to hit it. Thanx! Good news, even with baby, I have been given the okay to hit the gym again. The leg is healing nicely, running is still “out” but hey, Spin and Zumba are back on the menu! YES!

    See you soon!

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