My day started nice and early with 12 miles on the good old treadmill. The temperature was in the single digits this morning and it was about 67 degrees in the treadmill room so I bet you can guess which I chose. Plus the treadmill had This Is Us to offer so that really pulled me in for the 1 hour and 32 minute run. After about an hour of running, I added 100 seconds at 5k pace (6:15 for me right now) and then back to my normal pace for 4 minutes and repeated that interval 5 times total. Twelve miles total at a 7:45 average. In about a month I’m really hoping for 13.1 miles at 55 seconds faster per mile.
After my run, Brooke and I went over to my parent’s house to hang out with my dad. My mom was going to be gone and we aren’t leaving him alone so Brooke and I joined him for a bit.
He gets REALLY bored not being able to work or go anywhere (and the treadmill makes him feel unsteady) so he does laps around the house each morning. He usually goes walking each morning with his friend but he is still getting in a ton of steps at home too. He amazes me.
Zoodles for the win. We topped the spiralized zucchini noodles that we cooked in a bit of olive oil with ground turkey, marinera and parmesan.
Still jumping over every crack we ever see (and Andrew is still wearing shorts in this crazy weather).
And still using him as a jungle gym every opportunity that she has… even if it is when he is stretching after his 7 mile run.
We are saying goodbye to our beautiful pink walls…
And now it is looking a whole lot better for us. New mirror, paint and light… someday we will do the counter tops and floor but for now we are happy.
I’m going to bet money that we are going crazy again on home renovations and then will get burned out again and take a break for another half of a year. It sure is fun having projects to do together (***until it’s not, and then we take a break from the projects***)
Brooke and I were out doing errands most of the day while Andrew painted the bathroom.
Important… I just noticed that Target carries this chocolate bar. Please try as soon as possible and report back to me.
Andrew asked us to pick up some Jamba Juice for him while we were out because it turns out it is never too cold for a smoothie (or maybe we are trying to pretend we are in Hawaii again eating acai bowls).
Bath time snuggles (or an attempt for some snuggles).
My brother called me yesterday while I was in Target to show me his HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT!! His longest run EVER! 13.1 miles. I’m so happy about this and I am taking this as a sign that he will want to run a marathon with me someday.
For dinner I made a Blue Apron meal. Then we finally hung out and watched Lost.
As you know, I am a HUGE fan of using the treadmill during the winter months. While I love a beautiful outdoor run during the winter too, when it is just too cold, too slippery or too dark for me—> I am all about using the treadmill to help me to continue to train all year round! I get questions often about my tips for the treadmill (especially for those ten milers etc) so I thought I would share a few of my favorite tips for running on the treadmill!
**ALL OF THE DISTRACTIONS. For my 12 miles yesterday I started off by reading for a little while and then I watched This Is Us (I’m still a little bit behind. I watched the episode about the pregnancy and when they had the babies and I cried my eyes out while running but hopefully it just looked like sweat)! I love the treadmill for many reasons but one of them is the fact that I get the chance to just zone out. I’m not worried about cars or where the nearest drinking fountain is or if I am slowing down. I get the chance to watch my favorite shows and catch up on some reading.
I have the NordicTrack X11i Incline Trainer and using iFit helps to keep me motivated and distracted from feeling tired:) iFit makes it possible to use a new workout every day if you want. I especially love that it can replicate real-life runs with GoogleMaps! You can run anywhere from New Zealand to Norway (what I was doing below) and the incline adjusts to match the terrain on your run. During these cold winter months it is perfect to use iFit to take your run to a new place and maybe run along the beach or something ha! PS I love the tablet holder because it puts my iPad at the perfect angle for me!
I was provided product and compensation in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion for NordicTrack!
**Intervals. Switch things up. Play around with different speeds and inclines. The other day when Andrew did his first ever interval treadmill workout, he told me that the time flew by compared to his normal runs on a treadmill when he runs a consistent pace the entire time. My runs on the treadmill cruise by when I am doing speed or intervals. I am too busy thinking about what next or changing speeds etc to get too bored. Now the tempo runs are a little bit harder because I am going at a fast pace for a long period of time but as soon as I start feeling like quitting, I repeat ‘I am comfortable’ or ‘I can’ over and over again until I get in the groove of things again. You can find a bunch of awesome workouts to try HERE!
**It’s amazing how much our mind controls our runs. If treadmill running is hard on you, really focus on what your mind is telling you during your run (I’m working on this too). I saw a quote the other day that said, “Life is fantastic, why spoil it.” This quote is something I’m using with myself when I am worrying/anxious about something (and spoiling fantastic moments by worrying myself sick) and it can also be used on the treadmill—> It reminds me that life/running is awesome but I can’t let my mind/perception spoil how great life/running is. Take a look at your thoughts and if they are negative while you are on the treadmill, then you are the one to fix that:)
**Have everything you need right there. Your water, your gels, your lip stuff, music, your skittles.. whatever you need, have it there so you don’t have to get off (because stopping and starting again is really hard). I love the fan on my treadmill on the main console but I also stick a fan behind me to help me stay cool.
**Rotate in some strength. If 2-3 miles is your max on the treadmill and you want to get in a longer run, try rotating in some strength. IE run 2 miles and then jump off and do some sets of push-ups/squats/lunges/planks and then repeat that 3-4 times! Find ways to break up your run if that will help you build up your treadmill endurance.
**Save your favorite songs for the treadmill. That way you have something extra special to look forward to while you are getting those runs in.
**Focus on the benefits of treadmill running while you are on it because when we focus on the positives we forget the negatives. The treadmill makes it possible to get in some killer hill work even if there aren’t hills around. I love that the treadmill makes it possible for me to get in speed work during the months where the roads are slick. I’ve trained for many races where at least 50% of my training has been on the treadmill and I find that the treadmill gets me REALLY ready for race day, especially mentally. The treadmill saved me when I was pregnant and had to use the restroom every two seconds.
**Don’t get down on yourself if it takes you time to get used to the treadmill. Just like different weather, altitudes etc, it takes time and consistency to build up your treadmill endurance.
What are YOUR tips for treadmill running?
Who else is watching This Is Us? What are your thoughts (ps I didn’t watch last week’s episode so don’t give away anything for me)??!
Out of all of the TV show series there have ever been… what show have you been the most addicted to?
-Final answer—> Parenthood.
What was your dinner last night?