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

Tuesday Truth

Tuesday Treadmill Tips!

I’ve seen several posts today about treadmill training tips.  One over at Marcia’s healthy slice, and one over at Taking the long way home.  This made me stop and think, and I am a hater of the mill.  But we have this sort of love/hate relationship you see…
Yet still my descriptive terms for the ‘mill are as follows: Hate.  Loath.  Despise.  Sorry…til true.  I run to get outside of my head, be free, release stress among many other things.  Running in place on a hamster like wheel just doesn’t relieve any stress for me.
But after last winter of NOT running due to Polar Vortex madness here in in the Chicagoland area which thusly turned one once normally cheery Michelle in to a hot mess of depression – I decided to reconsider my feelings.
I started shortly before the holidays after giving myself a few weeks off after my half marathon in November.  I was only doing a couple miles at a time, but I was moving.
Then I had my forced rest period after cutting part of my thumb off (which has healed miraculously by the way-you’d never know I cut it!) and started back at it about a month ago….No bid deal as I wasn’t in official “training” status.
But now, here I am in week 1 of full marathon training, and the temps are a real feel of below 0 so it’s to the ‘mill I go…
So here are my tips to not pull your hair out while running on the ‘mill, in no particular order.
1.  Don’t try to beat any records if you aren’t a fan of the ‘mill.  Start out an an easy pace, and just let your legs do the work.
2.  Music.  A must have if you don’t have a TV available.
3.  Turn the music UP, and allow yourself to get as lost as you can in the music without falling off the back of the mill.  (yes, I’ve nearly done this a couple times)
4.  Keep your eyes open, and focus on your balance.  (see number 3)
5.  If you have a TV near by, catch up on shows, watch a movie, or good re-runs of your favorite show.
6.  Cover the read out with a towel.
7.  Don’t peek…I know…nearly impossible but TRY.
8.  Vary your speeds to break up the monotony.  I go all out for a song, then slow it down for a song, that keeps me from having to peek at the time/distance.
9.  Keep water or your hydrating liqiud of choice near by.  I am a fan of plain water or Nuun.
10. Feel free to “fly” while running on the ‘mill.  When I run outside and find myself running down a hill I always spread my arms and ‘fly’ with a full out WEEEEEEEEE to go with it.
11. Dancing is also recommended, but I encourage you to only do this while running at a slower pace.  (See note in number 3)
12. Phone a friend.  I text my friend Maria over at Running Flaps about an hour before my run.  She’s my virtual running buddy, and encourages me along the way.
My face says it
My face says it all…lol
So tonight I did my first official training run on the ‘mill.  I had 3 miles on deck and felt like I was stabbing myself in the eye by .5 miles in.  Lord help me if it doesn’t warm up soon, because no matter how many tips I post-I still loath the ‘mill.
How do you handle running indoors?  Any tips I am missing that you could pass on to me?
Keep Movin’ forward, y’all!
❤ Michelle