Tag: treadmill

Training Report {02/24 – 03/02}

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Monday – Easy 8 miles on the treadmill (average pace – 8:30 min/mile) + 30 Day Shred Level 3

Tuesday – Speed work (total 10 miles) with 3 x 1600 m at 5k race pace with 600 m recovery (average pace – 7:46 min/mile) + 30 Day Shred Level 3

Wednesday – Easy 9 miles on the treadmill (average pace – 8:33 min/mile)

Thursday – 30 Day Shred Level 3

Friday – 12 mile tempo run with 8 miles at marathon pace (average pace – 7:51 min/mile) + 30 Day Shred Level 3

Saturday – 12 mile easy run (average pace – 8:20 min/mile)

Sunday – 12 mile easy run (average pace – 8:10 min/mile)

Totals -

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Thoughts -

  • The cold/weather snow is back. There’s absolutely nothing we can do about it and I hate that I keep complaining but I would love to run outside more than the 1x/week that I’ve been averaging this week. I’ve gotten fairly used to the treadmill but I’m not running the marathon on a treadmill… although I’d feel more prepared for that than running one outside at this point.
  • I finished my speed work cycle this week and will move on to the “strength” runs next week. Strength runs are done at about 10 seconds faster than marathon pace with longer intervals than what I’ve been doing and while they’re difficult, I definitely prefer them to the running at 5k race pace every week. I feel fairly prepared to race a 5k though…
  • I bought new running shoes on Saturday and could feel a huge difference when I wore them on Sunday. I was very proactive about shoes this time and bought a pair when I needed them (and not 2-3 weeks after) so I’m feeling pretty good about that. I also stocked up on gels and other nutrition so I should be set for the marathon in April.
  • I finished the shred on Friday and I’m feeling pretty good about actually completing the cycle. I plan to recap it soon so I’ll talk about it in more detail then. I decided to take Saturday and Sunday off from strength training as a little break but I plan to start Ripped in 30 this week. Has anyone done it before?

How is everyone’s training going? What’s on your race calendars?

Snow or Treadmill?

Chicago is currently in a [record] 290 day stretch of no snow but that is about to end today. Starting this afternoon, we have a winter storm warning issued until early tomorrow morning. We are expected to have high winds, ice, and snow [although not as much as other states in the Midwest!]. I’m not a big fan of snow, unless it comes on Christmas Eve and leaves the day after Christmas, but I know a lot of people have been waiting for snow for quite a while.

While I’m definitely an outdoor runner, once my early morning runs are full of snow and ice, I start to debate whether or not it would be safer for me to spend my mornings at my gym on a treadmill.

Generally, I run outside if it’s over 15 degrees (I also consider the windchill), not icy, and we’re not experiencing a blizzard (I did this once and it was miserable). On the weekends, I try to run later in the morning to allow people time to shovel the sidewalks and plow the streets. I also tend to run through the city more and less on the lakeshore path because the city sidewalks are more likely to be clear. Most importantly, I adjust my expectations given the weather. If it’s not too icy but there is lots of snow, I’ll head out running with a goal of getting in the mileage at whatever pace is feasible. There’s no need to get frustrated over speed when it’s completely outside of your control.

Deciding whether to run on the treadmill or brave the outdoors can be a tough call and while slipping on the icy lakeshore path is not fun, neither is becoming injured from running and striding differently on a treadmill.

So what do you do when it starts to get snowy? Run on the treadmill or run outdoors?

Friday Things {12-06-2012}

1. I had the most delicious dinner Wednesday night. Ian and I decided to make tacos so Ian heated up carnitas (from TJs), I repurposed black beans and roasted butternut squash by adding taco spices, and we put together a little taco toppings bar. It was absolutely amazin. I had mine with red onion and cilantro and one was topped with mole hot sauce and the other one was topped with Frontera salsa. Roasted brussels in truffle oil on the side for a perfect midweek meal.

2. Ian and I have been watch Dawson’s Creek on Netflix like it’s our job. I’m not sure why Ian is into it (maybe just to make me happy?) but we’ve torn through four seasons in about 2.5 weeks. Insane. I loved Dawson’s Creek back in the day but watching it now just reminds me of how glad I am that high school is behind me- life is so much less angsty.


3. I finally updated my goodreads account yesterday (although minimally) but I’m not sure what to do with it. I like that I can reference a list of books I want to read but I’m not quite sure how to use it for social media. Any suggestions? What’s the benefit of following someone?

4. It’s rained this morning and it’s supposed to rain all day on Sunday, my two longer run days this week. Not so lucky. My plan is to work with the weather and try to minimize my time on the dreadmill but I’m going to guess that the machine and I are going to get in some quality bonding time. Oh joy.


5. Last weekend I spotted Love Crunch Gingerbread granola at Whole Foods and decided to buy it. I love granola (a little bit too much) and this one is just fabulous, I cannot. get. enough. It’s finding it’s way into everything and anything. Thankfully it’s seasonal and I won’t be able to eat myself sick all year long.

What are your plans this weekend? I’m running and decorating Christmas cookies on Saturday!

Three Things Thursday {10-18-2012}

1. I started reading Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places last night and just like Gone Girl I can’t put it down! Dark Places has a different, creepier (in my opinion) vibe than Gone Girl but I’m really enjoying it. Looks like I’ll be reading her other book, Sharp Objects, soon as well.

2. My soreness/stiff legs from the treadmill finally went away! I can’t believe how much that 16 mile treadmill run wrecked my legs. It’s funny because I ran 16 miles a few weeks ago and I wasn’t running a speed out of my reach but my legs were so sore afterwards. I even had to rearrange some runs this week to accommodate extra recovery time. Good thing this week is designed to be a cutback week! My guess is that I was striding differently on the treadmill than I would outside? I sincerely hope that I won’t have to do any more long runs on the ‘mill until after training is over!

3. I tried a new kind of waffles today.

Also, can I ask how is it only Thursday? I keep seeing all of these blog posts or Facebook statuses claiming they can’t believe it’s already Thursday. No no no.. this week isn’t flying by it’s dragging on :P.

Either way I’m going to look on the bright side and say that we only have two more days until the weekend, that’s pretty exciting right?

Because I want to get ahead of myself, what are your fun plans for the weekend? I’m going home to Michigan and going to Ann Arbor for the Michigan vs. Michigan State game. I can’t wait!

Workout Update & a Gloomy Friday

Happy Friday guys! I hope it’s warm and sunny wherever you are today, we’re experiencing rain and chilly weather in Chicago :(

When I woke up this morning and had no pain in my heel, I was ecstatic. Yeah my heel felt a little tender but the dull pain was gone. I got dressed for the gym, grabbed my iPod, and left the apartment in a great mood. Maybe my injury wasn’t an injury after all? Unfortunately, I started to notice my heel within the first mile. It didn’t really hurt yet but I could feel it, and then the pain started during the last mile of my 4 mile run. Again, nothing sharp or excruciating, just a dull pain, almost like a bruise.

Boo, I guess my heel pain isn’t gone yet (obviously patience is not one of my virtues ;)).

Not wanting to wrap up working out quite yet, I finished by biking on the recline bike (my butt hurts too bad from being on the upright one yesterday). I set the level to 8 and peddled away for 15 minutes and I have to admit I broke a nice sweat.

Anyway, I am glad that I’ve seen some progress with my heel, but that fact that it hurt more during/after running is a red flag. I’ve decided to take tomorrow completely off from running and cap my running on Sunday to 3 miles (I’ll put a new workout schedule at the bottom of this post). I’m hoping that not running tomorrow, drastically cutting back on Sunday, and taking Monday off will help. In the meanwhile, I’ve switched over to wearing comfy shoes all the time (tennis shoes, toms). I even brought a pair of toms with me today to change into at school/work because it was too wet out to wear them during my commute.

I’ve also decided that some running retail therapy is quite necessary, not only to boost my spirits but because honestly guys, I haven’t bought new running gear in years. My shorts are starting to fray, everything looks really overworn, and the apartment clothes dryers are shrinking all of my tanktops! I’m looking into buying a nice pair of shorts and at tanktop. I love this top but am clueless about lululemon shorts, any suggestions?

And here’s my new workout plan:

Second Revised Workout Plan
Saturday- swim + yoga
Sunday- swim+ cycling class + mini-run (tentative)
Monday- off

What are your weekend plans?