Come hell or high water: treadmill running

You know what is longer than microwave minutes? Treadmill minutes.

I hate running on a treadmill. When I was first starting my running journey, I was a sophomore in high school and was on my school’s track team and we ran outside EVERY. DAMN. DAY.

My coach was a former Ironman and standout runner who worked in a factory and now coached high school girls. And like I said, we ran outside. Every. Damn. Day. No matter the weather. Come hell or high water, you would find 10 high school girls bunched up and shuffling down the sidewalk on a daily four mile run.

His two favorite sayings were, “I’ve learned to enjoy ALL types of weather” and “if it doesn’t kill you, it’ll make you stronger and if you die, then it must have been your time to go.”

Now, nine years after I began running under his direction, I still think of those sayings often. So after running outside every day for three years, now when I’m forced to run on the treadmill due to working late or terrible weather, I dread it. While I am thankful to have a treadmill at home, I still much rather run outside. But life doesn’t always let us do what we want, so every day Monday – Friday after work I am on that treadmill.

Sometimes I take the easy way out and skip my run all together. But then I feel sh*t, so I usually, I suck it up, stand on the treadmill cursing my decision and begin my run.

*Fake it til you make it, right?!
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While I don’t always love having to run on the treadmill, I know it makes me a better runner. Treadmill miles are better than no miles, right?! Plus I’m slowly but surely building up my mental game.

With that said, I am still so grateful that I am able to run.

I don’t have to run, I get to run.

There are so many people in the world who would love a chance to walk, much less run, and here I am complaining about something I choose to do. But I love to run. I also love to eat chocolate chip cookies. Another incentive to run? You better believe it.

Global Running Day

Happy Global Running Day!
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For those who have not read it before, here is my running journey — the good, the bad and the sweaty.

What better way to celebrate a day of running than with ALL the things running related.

Favorite socks.
Favorite shoes.
Favorite shorts.

WHAT IS GLOBAL RUNNING DAY?

Global Running Day is a day for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running. Participation is easy—just pledge to take part in some type of running activity on June 7, 2017. It can be a solo lap around the block, a long run with friends, or even a game of tag with your kids. The key is to share your passion for the sport and inspire others to get moving.

At globalrunningday.org you can create you own free, personalized bib or create a badge to post on social media to show your support and pledge to run on GRD.
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Today, I plan on running three miles when I get off work. No watch, no worries, just me and the streets.

But today, I will be a little more thankful for the tough times, the pain in my legs and all the sweat and pain I will endure to finish. Running has given me so much and I hope to keep running for many many years.

If you’re looking for some ways to celebrate global running day, I suggest getting outside and going for a run! (duh.) No technology, just you and your thoughts and your feet on the pavement.

OTHER IDEAS:
Join the Oiselle Relay Around the World.
Ways to celebrate global running day.
Take that post-run selfie and post in on social media. Who knows, maybe your post will inspire someone else to run.
The Strava Mile.

Whether it’s one mile or 10 miles, on the treadmill or on the trail — happy running!
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#RWRunStreak

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So I’m sure many of you have heard of run streak before, but those who haven’t, it’s basically where you commit to running at least one mile every day for X amount of days.

The current run streak being promoted by Runner’s World started on Monday. Here is a list of FAQs if you’re interested in learning more. (This post is NOT sponsored by RW, I just really like what they are promoting and hope you will join me in streaking!)

From RW: “The run streak is designed to keep you running through the summer, and to bridge the gap between spring races and training for the fall. It can be difficult this time of the year to keep your running on track—but it’s much easier if you have a goal.”

Post your successes online (or even comment on this post!) and use the hashtag #RWRunStreak. I love looking at other people’s accomplishments — it pushes me toward my own goals.

They also have this neat shirt for sale if you want to display that you’re a streaker 😉
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The idea is to run one mile every day from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July.That’s 37 consecutive days of running.

I’m two days in, but so far so good! Murphy and I ran on Monday and yesterday was a quick 9:48 mile on the treadmill.

I love the idea of the streak because it keeps me accountable and it makes me run every day.

So even if you missed the last two days, get out there and start running. It’s never too late to start a run streak.

Run happy, friends!

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Comparing myself as a runner

As a runner, I tend to follow other runners on social media. Whether it is old cross country teammates, friends I ran with college, professional athletes or other run bloggers, running dominates my social media (especially Instagram).

I’ve never been a fast runner and I’ve had to work like hell in order to finish my two half marathons. But when I get on Insta and see women who just had babies 4-5 months ago run 11 miles at a pace that I can’t even dream of right now, the insecurities start to creep in.

If she can do it, then why can’t I?

That’s is not healthy. Sure it’s nice to have competition, but the only competition you need should be with yourself.
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Be better than yesterday (or last week, or last month)

Be faster than you were.

Please tell me I am not the only one who feels this way?!

I am so proud of these women (some I know personally and other I just follow their blogs) but then I get down on myself for not being as fast or running as much milage as them.

Why should it matter?!

I want to be proud of myself and my accomplishments. Even if that means my long run for the week was 3 miles and I took some walking breaks.

I guess it just really sucks to know that I could once run 13 miles without stopping (and at under a 10 minute pace) and now I’m just happy to finish a 5k in 30ish minutes.

Thanks for listening to me ramble, friends.

Keep the faith, trust the process. It has to pay off in time. Right?
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Quote to get me through

Let’s get real, friends.

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While I really like this quote, I think it can apply to so many things in our lives.

Right now, for me it’s running. I’m scared I am never to be as fast as I was in college or that I will never break 2 hours in a half marathon

Treadmill running is HARD. The mental game is no joke. It’s a daily struggle to pound out mile after mile all while looking at the walls of my garage.

While I am thankful to have a treadmill at home, there is nothing that beats running your favorite route or trail.

So, I will push on. I love running and I am thankful every day that I get to do something I love. I’m going to push fear aside, do the work and see what happens.

Who knows, it could be something great.

Running Slump

 

Guys. I need your help. I feel like I have been in such a rut lately. I’ve running, eating decent-ish (could definitely improve here) and incorporating ab work into my fitness and it seems like I am going nowhere. And it’s kind of a bummer. I feel like was working decently hard (let’s be honest, I wasn’t giving it 100%) but nothing was changing.

A couple weeks ago I talked about how my mental game was struggling on the treadmill.

Please someone tell me I’m not the only one?!

I read something a few weeks back that has stuck with — you can’t out run a bad diet.

I’ve heard this a million times, but for some reason this time it really resonated with me.

On Monday, I decided enough was enough and I’ve been running (pun intended) on all cylinders this week — kicking up runs (run fast to get faster), watching what I eat more (not so many treats after dinner) and really pushing it with my fitness videos.
It’s been three days and I already feel better. It’s amazing what some good eats and running can do for you.

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Anyone have any tips for getting out of a running rut?

I’m also looking for some clean snacks! I’ve been munching on peppers, carrots and nuts, but I am looking to change it up a bit and get inspired!

You’re still a runner even if you have to walk

Here is something it took me a while to figure out a runner.

IT IS OKAY TO WALK.

I’ve been a runner for almost a decade now. While I like to think I know a little bit about being a runner and how to train for a specific distance or prep for a race, I still have so much to learn.

My most recent takeaway from this sport? Is that it is okay to walk.

In the past (and even sometimes now, don’t get me wrong) I always felt like I wasn’t a true runner if I had to walk. Walking was a sign of weakness. A sign of defeat.

But now, I see walking as being smart. Pushing myself to the point of injury is not smart. Taking the time to slow down and evaluate myself and my fitness is the best thing I can do as a runner. Hell, if I am tired and need a lap/minute/block to recover and catch my breath in order to continue on, then I walk.

WALKING DOESN’T MAKE YOU LESS OF A RUNNER.
*louder for those in the back, please*

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The more I run, the more I love my body. Not because it’s perfect, not because I’m fast, but because every damn mile that it took to get here (whether I was running or walking) proves to me that I am strong and capable of more than I ever thought was possible.

Running isn’t about being the best. It’s about being better than you used to be. Remember, there is magic in misery (thank you, Dean Karnazes).

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NordicTrack Commercial 1750

This post is NOT sponsored by NordicTrack. I just really love this product and want to share it with you all.

Short version: I LOVE MY TREADMILL. Uphill, downhill, easy to use.
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Longer version: For Christmas I got a NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill. My husband and I had been researching treadmills for a while and we knew we wanted a NordicTrack. They seemed to have the best motors, easy to use and most of the reviews we read were pretty positive.

Even though it probably wasn’t the best idea, Ryan put the entire thing together BY HIMSELF. So it can be done solo.

It’s simple and easy to use and has a large touchscreen which I like. Sometimes it doesn’t react the first time I swipe or touch it, but other than it works great. I like that I can the screens to see a track view of my running, an info screen of calories, distance, pace, etc and an elevation and speed screen.

Performance Specs:
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If you have anymore questions about this specific treadmill, let me know! We got it for a great deal during Black Friday, but two weeks into using it and I already think it is worth every penny.

I love getting to run at home and anytime I want. Here’s to 2017 and my running goals!

Runiversary

My runiversary was a few weeks ago I missed it!

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While I had always been an active kid, I definitely had a few extra pounds that I could afford to get rid of. So to stay in shape through the winter (and to be ready for spring soccer) I decided to join the track team at my high school my sophomore year.

It was the week before Thanksgiving break and we had our first practice. A timed mile to see where our fitness was at.

It was cold. Oh my gosh was it cold. I remember my goal was not to walk. I mean how hard could a mile be for someone who was “relatively in shape?” Well friends, let me tell you, IT WAS HARD. I was by far the slowest on our small team of 10.

But you know what? NO ONE CARED. They all supported me. Encouraged me to do and be my best. So I stuck with these girls and my awesome coach and with running.

Nine years ago I ran a mile around the track for probably the first time outside of gym class and it changed my life.

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My first timed mile 9:09 and I didn’t walk. Since then I’ve gotten my mile time down to 7 flat, ran hundreds? (if not then pretty dang close) of 5ks, a handful of 10ks and completed two half marathons.

Running is a part of me now. It’s part of who I am. I am glad I made the decision almost a decade ago to become a runner. I hope it’s something I can continue to do for the rest of my life.

Next up — is hitting a decade of running!

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Fitness goals for 2017

While I love having and setting goals, I am strong believer that change doesn’t just happen on January 1. BUT, with that being said, I still set new year resolutions because I think they are fun and the start of a new year does bring lots of excitement and thoughts about change.

So here are my fitness and running goals for 2017. I’d also love to hear from you! (I mean, we’re all in this together right?!) Leave a comment and let me know you’re fitness goals for the new year.

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Run a sub-2 half marathon.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you know this has been a goal of mine for quite some time. I was supposed to have a race in September but after it got cancelled, I couldn’t find find another half to fit my schedule. I am determined to check this off my list at some point in 2017.
Possibly schedule/start to train for a marathon.
This was supposed to happen this year after my half got cancelled, but life got in the way. The only thing I asked for for Christmas is a treadmill, so I’m hoping if Santa delivers, this will help a ton with my distance training.
Incorporate more strength training into my workouts.
Running is my jam. Weights & strength training? Not so much. This year I am hoping to change my outlook on strength training and make it fun. So if anyone has any easy, but effective at-home weight workouts — let me know! I’ve started on this goal but doing some P90x videos once or twice a week, but I’m hoping to be more consistent.
Do more yoga.
I’ve been getting into yoga and stretching (I know they are two different things, but I like them both) a lot more lately and it makes me feel like a new person when I’m finished. I’m hoping to push my body even more in the upcoming months.
Be able to do 3 unassisted pull-ups.
GUYS. This one is huge. I’ve always wanted to be able to do a pull-up, but have never gotten close. I am hoping to change that!
& always — drink more water!