Three things, Thursday, training

What would Thursday be with out Three Things? TTT

Boring, right? Today’s three things are all in one way or another running related.

So here are my three things, in no particular order for the week.

1. I CAN DO THIS. No wait…I AM DOING THIS…I have started out week 1 of marathon #3 training quite well if I do say so myself.  I’ve worked out every day this week so far, and am feeling strong despite lack of sleep due to hubby travels again.  Is my endurance where I want it to be?  No way…but it’s week one, right?  3 shorter distance runs, 30 minutes of yoga, daily planks/pushups, with a 6 mile long run on deck for Saturday….I got this!!!  Positive thinking is in full force.  Step aside any negativity, please.

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2. In regards to my last post about Treadmill tips, I enjoyed reading ALL of your ideas.  So today I decided to try watching the show “Chopped” on my Kindle and make the show into an interval session of sorts.  Yup…I can turn just about anything in to something that involves running, especially when I am in official training.  So it went a little like this.

My Kindle perfectly covered the screen of my treadmill!
My Kindle perfectly covered the screen of my treadmill!

While the four Chefs were introduced by Ted Allen I started slow, at about a 5.4 mph pace (keep in mind I kept the read out covered WITH my Kindle so these are only approximate speeds-in fact I am not concerned with speed this year, but that’s my next ‘thing’).  After he told the Chefs to open their baskets, I sped up just a little more-maybe to 5.8?…I held this pace while the Chefs cooked, until their two minute warning, where I sped up significantly running all out for those 2 minutes.  Once time was up for that round, I scaled the time back to my 5.4 mph-ish pace again and held that until the next round.   I repeated this sequence for all 3 courses and it worked GREAT.  I also had my friend Maria helping me out virtually, which I really can’t say enough about.  There’s just nothing better than supportive friends and family during training.

Yup.  No quitting here.
Yup. No quitting here.

3. Speed snobs.  There…I said it. I have always praised the running community and how welcomed I have felt since moving to this area almost 4 years ago.  But every now and then I catch myself succumbing to the speed snobs snide remarks or lack there of when I post a run on FB (for example).  I will never be a 7-8 minute miler, and am honestly happy with that fact.  In fact, I run for peace of mind, release of stress, AND because it’s a healthy exercise.  I have no need to go ‘balls to the walls’ for EVERY. SINGLE. RUN.  That is not peaceful for me.  There is no release in that type of running-for me.  But in the same breath, I applaud those who CAN run that fast and enjoy it at the same time.  I have never been one to judge another runner, or compare my pace or goals to anyone other than ME.  We aren’t all like that tho, are we?  So the slight sting I felt today was brushed off quickly and replaced with the other 99% of runners in my life, as well as family and friends.

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Does positive talk come in to play during your training season? Have you ever made up your own “Interval training” program creatively with a TV show or music? How do you deal with the elitist type people who seem to put everyone else down?

Keep Movin’ forward, y’all!


❤ Michelle

23 thoughts on “What would Thursday be with out Three Things? TTT”

  1. again, we are on the same wave length. I can handle intervals on the ‘mill because the time on the ‘mill gets broken down into many “smaller” segments than one ginormous extended never-ending run. And, I’m not a speedster, either. Nor do I feel the compulsion to post the splits of every mile of every run LOL (but I respect those who do, and realize that running is such an individual thing for all of us). Personally, I enjoy running more when I’m not obsessing over all the details of it 🙂 Happy 26.2 training!!

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  2. I feel sorry those who feel the need to emphasize their ability to run faster than others by making comments or otherwise. A person who is secure in their identity and content with their life will not feel the need to make snide comments for the sake of highlighting there greatness, in any area of life.


  3. Wahoo to the 1st week of marathon training!! So exciting!

    Sounds like you’ve got a good system going on the treadmill. I also like changing the incline or speed after a certain time. Like every 3 songs, make it slightly faster. Somehow breaks it up much better.

    I can’t believe people go out of their way to make comments about others paces in a negative way. That’s so lame!

    So I’m just wondering what you meant by this sentence: “But every now and then I catch myself succumbing to the speed snobs snide remarks or lack there of.”

    Do you feel everyone should be commenting/liking cheering every single running post? Just trying to understand 🙂

    Hope your 6 goes well tomorrow!


    1. My meaning was, that since I have slowed down quite a bit and stopped running outside due to the cold-certain “running friends” I once had that used to be quite active on my page etc, have now since silenced themselves, and boast about how only wimps run on treadmils (for example). Just hurts my feelings a little, but need to move past it!


      1. Oh man that sucks. I’d say just ignore those folks because you have even more that support you and want to see you do well. There’s no room in life to waste on people who aren’t on your team. *hugs*

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  4. Anyone who runs at all at any pace is probably doing better physically than the 98% of people out there who do little to no exercise all day. So keep up what you’re doing! To those people who would criticize another runner’s pace: Remember (unless you’re Usain Bolt) there is ALWAYS someone faster than you! 🙂


  5. Speed snobs drive me crazy! My speed is whatever it is and it changes on any given day, but I don’t do anything to increase it (aside from running regularly) and I’m totally OK with that! Let’s all just support each other, huh? Run on!


  6. I love that you don’t let those people get you down – everyone has their own goals with running and the important thing is to have fun with it 😀
    I’ve encountered those speed snobs before too, but I feel like it mostly comes from people who have only run shorter distances (like for track or competitive 5k runners). Obviously they’ve run some pretty crazy speeds that I will probably never be able to claim as my own so when I tell them I’ve been running for four years and am working so hard towards a certain time that’s nowhere near what they’ve done, I see that look they give like “Oh…so why is it taking you so long to get to that speed? You’d think with 4 years running you’d be faster by now…” It gets to me at first, but then I quickly remind myself that what matters is how *I* feel about my running goals and how far I’ve come…and I can’t be upset about that!

    P.S. You are so creative with that treadmill workout! I’ve never done anything like that.


  7. Wait, so someone made a snide comment about your pace?? Crap like that is a reflection of their own issues so please don’t take it personally. You’re so right: we’re not all training to be the fastest we can be. I’m in love with a ‘happy’ pace right now. Nice work with week 1!

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  8. You’d fit in perfectly with my running group. No speed snobs there. Doesn’t matter what your running pace is, if you run you ‘re a runner and that’s good enough for us. Walkers on the other hand …

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