Time to start off another year!
Brooke’s favorite part of yesterday was going to the indoor pool. Skye was not sure about the pool and after this picture below was taken she demanded being held the entire time.
HER LEG ROLLS.
Brooke’s friend came with us too so we grabbed some ice cream after the pool because it is never too cold for a cone.
I’m not going to lie… I’m not loving the treadmill like I usually do in the winter but it is helping me to continue getting in my training when it is too slick outside so I’m grateful. 5 miles @ 8:12 pace much later in the day than normal but the holidays are all about getting out of routine, right?
And then we went out until 9:30 pm like the crazy party animals that we are.
One of my top 10 favorite meals ever.
We then went to a party and Brooke proved she is braver than I am:
Ready for bed.
I saw this yesterday and it instantly became one of my goals for 2019. Life is busy regardless with kids and work BUT I do plenty of things that I don’t need to do too… this is the year to be more present and more still.
I’ve had a few requests for Andrew to share how he got through 32 miles (in two days) on the treadmill…
I can’t remember the most (I think it was about 12 miles) I have ever run as a training run, BUT I do know that this is the absolute most that I have ever done outside of a race. I also did last week’s long runs on a treadmill….. So yeah that was REALLY hard. I know some of you die hard runners out there do TONS of runs like that on a treadmill and major props to you.
How did I end up running two long runs in a row on the treadmill? Well, Janae and I had planned to do our long runs together on Monday and Tuesday but I got really sick the Sunday before. I was about 75% better on Monday so I wasn’t going to try to get 18 miles in. My two runs got pushed to Friday and Saturday, perfect timing for mother nature to send in a few snow storms. So the treadmill wasn’t first choice BUT, I learned a lot and I have another list for you. 10 Ways I got through 32 miles on the treadmill, fyi they aren’t in specific order.
1- The biggest thing for me is breaking the run down into chunks. I didn’t look at my 18 mile as 2 hours and 45 minutes running straight on a treadmill, but rather I have 2.5ish laps to do. Each lap is 60 min. I only focus on that lap and that 60 minutes. I try not to think about what is next and how much more I have to do. Instead if I’m 23 minutes in, I have only 7 more minutes to hit half of the lap and and I’m on my way there. This gives me encouragement when I hit those laps or whatever way I break it up. I also know that I can do 1 hour on a treadmill so I just focus on that.
2- This might be TMI, but oh well. So I sweat quite a bit when I work out, especially when I run indoors. With sweat and lots of movement chafing can be a problem as well. So first I have been using vaseline or deodorant on those chafing areas before I start running and if I’m drenched in sweat and it gets uncomfortable I have a change of clothes ready for me.
3- INVEST in a good fan. No joke I looked on Amazon for something good and looked at reviews. I knew I found a good one when people were complaining about how loud and powerful the fan was. I needed a fan to produce an arctic air breeze to cool me down. I bought this one.
4- I thought about In-N-Out from miles 9-13 of both runs.
5- I’m a sucker for getting my emotions going by watching a really good movie or tv show. For my second run I watched the movie Miracle about the 1980 Olympic hockey team. Although I have seen this movie hundreds of times, it got my emotions going and I just like to get inspired by something. Another thing I did was for the last 3 miles I watched GoPro videos on youtube, if you want to be inspired – watch those!!
6- I had all of my nutrition lined up on the ledge right next to the treadmill. I’ve already learned the hard way a few times during this training cycle of not fueling enough during the long run so I had it all organized in the first place.
7- I know I already mentioned movies, BUT I change things up doing my run. For the first 45 minutes I will listen to an audiobook, then turn on a movie or if I’m not feeling it and I’m dragging I will turn on some music that has fast rhythm or makes me turn on my legs and drive. This helps chunk the whole run and keeps me looking forward to a little change.
8- It really is nice to have someone training with me, #Janae. I know that if I don’t follow through on my runs I will let her down or vice versa. It is awesome to be able to talk about specific runs/routes/times. So when I got up this morning and knew I had to do 18 miles on the treadmill I was already committed and knew that Janae had already done her run.
9- This one might be a little weird… but I don’t care. Sometimes I’ll talk to myself. NO, not like full on conversation but I’ll tell myself to push or how much left I have. I do it out loud, like I’m telling my legs to keep going or something. This helps me, I don’t know why but it does.
10- I listen to songs or my current favorite song on repeat for a while. Last week’s repeat song—> Superposition by Young the Giant.
PS I WILL NEVER DO A 100 MILER.
(Janae here…. Give me a few years and I‘m sure I’ll talk him into doing a 100 miler).
What things help you to get through a long treadmill run?
Do you continue to eat ice cream through the winter? Do you believe it is ever too cold for eating ice cream?
Who made it until midnight?
What food do you find yourself thinking about a lot during a run?
-Pancakes and hamburgers.