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?!
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.
So I’m popping in a quick hello and some of my recent workouts and eats.
Our home gym is coming together nicely! We’ve always had some random free weights and I got a treadmill for Christmas, but now we have an entire corner of our garage dedicated to our gym space.
A couple weeks ago we also bought a pull-up bar and cage (?) (similar to this one) for bench pressing and squats.
I’m so happy to have a place to workout at home. While it’s a large upfront cost, we’ve spread it out over the last two years and are able to use it a lot more than we would an actual gym due to our commute (we live out in the country) and wanting to be home with Murphy.
Also, I’ve been trying to complete this workout and it’s a killer. BUT I can tell I am getting faster (even if I do have to take some walking breaks every now and then)
Now onto some food. I picked these up at Aldi while I was grocery shopping. Something small to crib my hunger + penguins are my favorite. 😍
Also. I have recently discovered Suja juices. OHMYGOSH, guys. I am in love. Like why did I not try these before?! I picked up the sweet beets and the strawberry/cherry vibrant probiotic Sunday when I was Kroger and now that I have tried them both, I want to shout it from the rooftops. (This post is in no way sponsored by Suja. I just really like this product and want to share with you all)
Hi guys! I wanted to check in today with just a quick update on some of my running + workouts and eats lately. Enjoy!
Saturday: 2 miles on the treadmill at the gym.
Arm weights with machines.
Abs on a stability ball.
I’ve been working on incorporating lots of ab work into my daily routine and using a medicine ball is one of easier ways to get a great core workout.
Almond/peanut butter is always a good idea for a snack. 😋
Sunday afternoon after my 3 mile run I had a (mini) smoothie. New favorite recipe here. I have to get something in my belly after I run or I start to feel sick. I’ve passed out from not eating after running, so it’s important for me to always have something on hand.
Meal preppin’ like a champ. Yay for Sundays! I’ve been trying to eat more veggies lately, so this week is about salads.
Sunday: 3 miles on treadmill at home (I will be so glad when it stops raining so I can run outside!)
Abs with roller
Sunday night was tacos! Easy, simple and filling!
After my run on Monday I used Ryan’s ab wheel (this is is similar to ours) and holy moly I am sore today. That thing works. Dinner was frozen pizza because #reallife.
So there you have it. A quick run down of my moves and eats from the last few days.
Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful day!
Hi guys! Today I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite walking treadmill workouts. Some days running just doesn’t happen. Whether it’s my attitude, an injury or something else, some days I prefer to get sweaty by doing a walking workout on the treadmill.
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.
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.
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!
The Horrible Hill Workout. Sounds daunting (and terrible doesn’t it?!)
But don’t be scared. Hills are important for runners. Hills make you work harder and increase your heart rate (which increases your endurance) and they help strengthen your muscular system.
WARM UP 10 minutes of easy running.
8 percent incline and run HARD for 30 seconds.
5 percent and walk for 30 seconds.
After walking, sprint for 90 seconds at your 10K pace, then walk for 2 minutes.
That’s one round; do 6 to 9 total rounds.
Drink lots of water and be proud of what you’be accomplished!
This 30-minute pyramid interval treadmill workout will get your heart racin’ and keep you engaged! By changing your running speed every minute, you’ll be burning more calories and I always think the workout goes by faster when I switch things up.