Favorites from marathon training

So instead of my usual Friday Favorites post, I thought I would post something a little different instead — favorite from marathon training!

This post is NOT sponsored. Just sharing some products I love that have gotten m through training for my first marathon.

I am in the home stretch of marathon training! Since I have lasted through almost 16 weeks of training, I thought I would share some of my favorite things with you all!

Brooks Glycerin 15
These shoes have been my saving grace during all of my runs since January.  They have so much support and I got them properly fitted (a half size up from what I normally wear) and my toes have been singing praises. I recommend Brooks shoes to any runner.

KT Tape
My knees have been a big point of caution for me during this training cycle. To be honest, I was a little skeptical about using KT Tape. I absolutely did not think it would help me — and I was so wrong!
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My NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill
Basically, the first three months of training were almost solely on my treadmill. I even ran a half marathon and one 14-miler on my treadmill during training.
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ProCompression Socks
After seeing ProCompression socks all over Instagram (#keepittight) and finding a coupon code on Facebook, I decided to buy some and see what they were all about.

So when I found a discount to get FIVE pairs for the price of two you best believe I ran to my computer to buy some.
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Gu Chews
While in the past I’ve typically stuck with strawberry-only Gu — this year I changed it up and started taking the cran-razz flavor. It’s definitely a new favorite. After my race, I am thinking about trying some new nutrition (honey stinger waffles, bonk bars, huma gel, etc)

FitBit Blaze
While at first, I was only going to use this watch for day-to-day wear, it’s kind of become my go-to running watch. I reviewed it early on but I love it more every day.
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What are some of your running-related favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

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Sports Bra Squad and a good reminder

Unofficial #SportsBraSquad member. I ran without a shirt for the first time in AGES last night. While I was tucked away in my garage where no one could see me, I felt liberating to shed my shirt and run freely.

I debated on even posting this photo because of my stomach but decided to keep it real over here and show you the good, bad and the ugly. While I’m not where I want to be, I’m getting stronger every day!

I busted out seven miles (11:11 pace) and felt so damn proud of how far I’ve come.

Sometimes I still can’t believe I’m training for a marathon! Three months ago I was barely running 2-3 miles a night and now I’m running seven miles on a weeknight and more than 13 miles on the weekends!

I saw this on social media last week and decided to save it to my phone as a good reminder.

We have more substance than numbers.

Happy Hump Day! As always, Wednesday are jammed-packed for me. I’ll pop back in tomorrow for more running and life talk and then Friday will be my usual favorites post! Have a wonderful day!

Treadmill motivation

I’ve talked about this before — treadmill running is not always my favorite thing.

Come hell or high water: treadmill running.
Quote to get me through.
My mental game on the treadmill is struggling.

But I have goals and times to achieve and I am not going to reach them by not running. So I’ve come up with a few ways to make treadmill running less painful and boring.

SET A GOAL
I don’t care if it’s one mile or one hour, having an end goal makes my time of the treadmill more bearable. The number one thing that puts a spring in my step and gets me on the treadmill is knowing I have a race on the calendar.

CHANGE IT UP
Some days I do a workout where I am constantly hopping on and off the ‘mill. Run an 800//do some arm weights. Run another 800//do some squats. It keeps me (and my mind) active and not constantly thinking about how much further I have to go.

GET OUTSIDE

I know this one is kind of the opposite of motivating you to run on a treadmill, but let’s be real — logging miles day in and day out on a treadmill can get tiring. If you’re able, get outside and enjoy the fresh air every now and then. Your treadmill will still be there waiting when you get done.

I’m thankful to have a treadmill in my garage. My runs almost always happen at night, after work and in the dark. Since I’m a pretty frugal person (and we live out in the country in the middle of nowhere) a gym membership just doesn’t make sense. Without the treadmill, I basically wouldn’t be able to run in the winter except on weekends. So it definitely has its advantages.

AND it’s not always bad. Some of my best runs have been on a treadmill. Crank a killer playlist or watch your favorite show and get to running! YOU have to be the one to make it enjoyable. If you hop on the treadmill with negative thoughts then, of course, it is going to affect your run.

Rant over? HaHa. But seriously, run where you can, when you can. Make it fun and get in those miles.

Happy hump day!

Post-Halloween treadmill and weights workout

Anyone else eat way too much Halloween candy last night? I may or may not had opened a bag of Reese’s pumpkins and ate them while watching This Is Us. Oops.

So, if you feel blah today because of too much sugar and sweets last night, I have a fast but hard workout for you to do today! It combines running and some bodyweight movements — the best of both worlds!

5 minute warmup — a good mix of walking and running.

30 seconds ALL OUT SPRINT.
30 seconds recovery.
Repeat x5.

***You should be running so fast that maintaining that speed for longer than your chosen interval time feels impossible.

Squats: 3 sets of 10; at the end of each set, hold the pose for 10 seconds.
Lunges: 3 sets of 5 on each leg; hold the pose for 10 seconds at the end of each set.

5 minute cool-down — a good mix of running and walking.

20 minute treadmill workout

Hey guys! Happy Tuesday. This week has already started off super busy and I felt like I was the energizer bunny yesterday. Between work, getting in a quick workout and cleaning house + fixing dinner — I basically fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.

So today, I am just checking in real fast with a fun treadmill workout. I love that it constantly changes pace — it keeps me from getting bored!

I plan to follow this workout tonight for my run. Let me know if you like this workout!

20 minute treadmill workout

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 love my NordicTrack Commercial 1750, I know not everyone will enjoy the same machine. To give you some more insight on other treadmill makes and models, the team at reviews.com put together a pretty interesting guide comparing the most popular treadmills on the market. Check it out!

They spent months evaluating dozens of machines currently on the market. After scouring expert and buyer reviews, the team at reviews.com personally tested the nine finalists. In the end, they came up with four top picks: best for runners, best for walkers, best for training, and best entertainment features.

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.

Good moves + eats

This week has been bananas.

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)
3 mile treadmill workout

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)
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That’s all for today. Happy hump day!

20 minute treadmill workout

Short on time but still want to get a good workout in? Try this 20 minute treadmill workout!

I promise it will make you break a sweat and get your heart rate up. So get ready to burn some calories!

Remember, done is better than perfect. I don’t think I have ever regretted a workout. So even a quick workout like this one will be beneficial to you. Enjoy!
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