It was one of those mornings where my chin was frozen so I ran with my face covered for the miles I was outside (I did the first half on my treadmill). To go along with yesterday’s post about taking 6 weeks off… I’ll be missing out on my least favorite running weeks of the year (ice/frozen fingers/falling on the ice/more ice/snow—> I’ll gladly take my warm bed over that this year;). 6.5 miles @ 9:31 average pace!
We got to have Knox Sunday night until Monday morning (we live really close to his mom so if she has something for work etc it is so easy to have him come over when she needs!) and Brooke was thrilled to have some extra time with him!
And then we were off to school!
Current very strong craving.
My feelings about this craving—> 1 large jar is 1 serving. My purse is also full of those apple sauce packets so I can grab one at all times.
After school, we met up with Candice at a trail to walk while Brooke rode her bike. I do not run with people anymore (except for Andrew) because I like to just run for however long my body tells me to and not make the person with me stop 4 trillion times throughout the run. But walking, walking is perfect and an activity we all enjoy.
Brooke saw her first snake (it was a snake even if it looks the size of a worm) ever on the trail while we were out.
Fast forward many hours until the evening and Andrew and I went out for a date. Brooke hung out with my mom and we went to dinner.
Carrabba’s for the win.
We then went to go look at some stoves (we party hard on our date nights) and found these massage chairs close by. I have the strongest desire to sell my car and buy one of these now.
One of the things that has stuck for the last 7 years of blogging for me has been Tuesday Tangents.
*This tweet is so completely true. As a teacher I can’t tell you how many times my packed lunch was gone during the time students went from 2nd period to 3rd period. And then during lunch time I would go to the lunchroom for another lunch. I actually ran into the lunch lady from the school I worked at the other day and we sat and talked for 30 minutes. It was so good to see her. She knew I loved her salad bar (she literally provided the best school lunches ever!) so she made a deal with me to work lunches with her for free salads. Best trade ever and we had a lot of fun together. How’s that for a tangent?
*These do not look nearly as pretty as the recipe (this is also before drizzling caramel on top) but I made these for my family the other day and they are so good! Caramel Apple Turnovers that are egg free (well, the recipe calls for brushing egg on the top right before baking but I didn’t put that on all of them so my dad could eat them)! They were delicious and super easy.
*Each morning my mom sends her treadmill workout to me! She is like me and does part of her workout inside and then part outside when it is a little warmer. She kills it with her inclines too (5.5% incline for the last 15 minutes)!
*I think she has been watching Andrew foam roll his back often because she has started doing it too. I wish I got into the habit of foam rolling when I was 5 too;)… Maybe then I would be better at remembering to do it more often.
A question that I have gotten a lot over the years of treadmill loving (remember when I ran a marathon on a treadmill… Friends episodes got me through that) is how I do not die of boredom on the treadmill? I’m that weird person that actually really enjoys the treadmill and it has been a part of my training over the years. The treadmill was a big part of my single mama running, it saves me on the icy days and now with pregnant running again… I’m on it more and more! I thought I would share my tips in case with winter coming, you are on the treadmill more and more!
PS I’ve been using the NordicTrack X22i Incline Trainer (I was provided the product and compensation in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion) for twoish months and it is by far my favorite treadmill so far. I think the best part of this treadmill has been the 22-inch HD touchscreen so far;) When this baby comes and I am running again it is going to save my training. I will be able to get in a lot of my miles when she (I almost just typed her name out ahhh… ps no one has guessed her name yet, keep guessing) is napping. After pregnancy I’ll be able to fill you more in on how it does with speed/different types of workouts!! My favorites parts so far of this treadmill are the awesome speakers, the touchscreen (and large buttons to change speed/incline), the incline (40% incline and 6% decline), the Reflex Cushioning on the entire deck of the treadmill (it is saving my joints/pregnant body), the fans and the fact that the motor/treadmill is SO quiet (it doesn’t wake up the kids… wahoo)! We are bonding together quite nicely.
If you are needing some tips to get you through any of your treadmill runs:
*I know that treadmill running builds mental strength. Running on a treadmill helps to make me mentally strong which I believe can be a secret weapon come race day:) Running on the treadmill is tough and pushing through that makes me mentally stronger. It also makes me appreciate those outdoor (and especially trail) runs even more. Think about how it is building your mental strength and that should help you jump on!
*I play around with the settings like you wouldn’t believe. Hmmmm, the next two minutes I will bump it to a 3% incline and then back to the 1% incline and then I will go .4 miles per hour faster for 2.5 minutes etc. etc. etc. Pushing the buttons and switching up my speed and ‘hills’ makes it quite entertaining.
*People watch if you are on the treadmill at the gym. You have to admit, it is very entertaining to do this at the gym.
*When I am doing an easy/recovery run (or all of my runs during pregnancy) and my pace is slower for me, I am able to read on my iPad and I love that. It is so nice to be able to catch up on some books and it takes my mind off of the fact that I am running in place for an extended amount of time.
*Music. Make a special playlist that you only listen to when on the treadmill. Save it for your treadmill days and it will pump you up.
*I think about my running goals. For me, using the treadmill is part of the way that I am able to continue to run so that I CAN get those goals I have running around in my brain.
HAHA this makes me laugh:
*Wear the right stuff. I sweat more on the treadmill than I do outside so I wear light clothing that keeps me cool and not dying of heat. Bonus: who cares what it looks like because no one can see you (unless you are at the gym),
*Many times, the treadmill has been my only option. Sometimes there is just way too much ice and because I fall walking on dry ground quite often.. It is just a good idea for me to take it inside when there is ice, especially with the next 8.2 weeks of pregnant running. Running on a treadmill > (much greater than) not running at all. So, whenever I do find myself complaining about being indoors, I remind myself that running on the treadmill is a million times better than having to skip a run.
*People may disagree with me but I think that the treadmill TEACHES you how to pace yourself. I love doing speed on a treadmill because it teaches my body what it feels like to stick at a certain pace. You can’t slow down unless you actually press the buttons to do so and I am much too stubborn to push the down button when I have .25 miles left in my mile repeats etc.
*I just think. I don’t know if it is because all of the other hours of the day feel crazy busy, BUT it is so nice to just have some time on the treadmill to think. I can get lost in my thoughts and not have to worry about a route, cars, where I can get some water etc.
*If the treadmill is really hard for you and yet you find that you have to do a run on one every now and then… remember: You’re allowed to cry, your allowed to scream but do not give up. See what happens if you don’t give up. Prove it to yourself that you can do hard things.
*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). One of my favorite quotes—> “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:)
*Take your time on the treadmill to focus on your form or your stride rate. You don’t have to worry about curbs, cars, dogs or those dang sidewalk cracks that make me trip when you are running on the treadmill so you can really focus on your form while on one.
*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.
*INTERVALS ARE KEY!!! They keep things so much more interesting and they will make you faster too. I have a HUGE list of awesome intervals for you to try IN THIS POST! Here are more workouts too and unstructured speed workouts to try too!
*Save your favorite shows for your treadmill days. I LOVE This is Us and I would love to watch it at night when it is actually on but I decide that I’d rather have it during a treadmill run so I save it for the morning.
*Practice makes perfect (ehhh progress… I like ‘practice makes progress’ better;) Just like running or anything else that is hard it takes time to adjust. It takes time to learn the ropes, to build endurance or to get stronger. Expect that with treadmill running too! Be kind to yourself and allow yourself time to adjust to treadmill running if that is what you need to do!
I got the everything but the bagel seasoning (thanks for the recommendations)… but I need to know what to put it on? What sort of stuff does this taste amazing with?
Working peeps—> do you bring your lunch to work or grab something each day? If you do bring one… do you pack it each night?
How often do you use a treadmill? Which season of the year do you use it the most? Have any tips?
Last animal you saw while out on a run or walk?