Long runs on the treadmill are not fun, but I’m learning to like them… at least a little bit.
At 8:30 this morning, it was 15 degrees F outside. Generally, my cold weather cut-off for an outdoor run is 30 degrees. I’m sure I could probably handle a few degrees colder, but 15 was just too frigid for me. I knew I just wouldn’t enjoy the run. Plus, the sidewalks and roads are still a mess around here.
At about 8:50, I found myself standing on the treadmill ready to run. I planned my workout around the daytime TV programming to help prevent me from losing my mind getting bored. I planned to watch Ellen, but the treadmills in front of that TV were taken, so I opted for Live! with Regis and Kelly instead. (Remember when I went to Live! with Regis and Kelly this time last year? Actually, it was exactly a year ago today!)
According to my half marathon training plan, I was supposed to run 11 miles today, but I knew I’d be bored out of my mind on the treadmill for that long, so I decided to split the mileage into two workouts. I ran 8 miles this morning, and I plan to run the final 3 mile at the gym this evening.
Here’s the workout that I used for my 8-mile run:
I stopped at 60 minutes to catch my breath and restart the treadmill to finish the final 1.33 miles. I finished in 1:12:18 (9:02 pace), which is a time that I am happy about. I’m getting faster!
When I arrived home, I got out of the car and took a serious digger in my driveway.
Thankfully, I didn’t get hurt. I was more annoyed than anything. I’m just so sick of winter. Wah.
I spent a solid 15 minutes stretching in my living room before showering and making lunch. My muscles felt really tight after this morning’s run.
Today’s lunch was a variety of leftovers from the fridge: sautéed Swiss chard, Honey-Roasted Sweet Potatoes, black beans, and a couple of slices of a quesadilla that Mal ordered for take-out last night.
Murphy thought lunch looked especially delicious today.
Mmm! Mom, can I have a couple of licks?
What? You’re not going to share?
Mom, that’s lame.
Of course, I helped myself to a piece. It tasted like heaven, especially the Oreo cookie crust. A-mazing.
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The past couple of weeks have really tested my motivation to exercise. See how I got myself back on track: 5 Ways to Stick With Your Winter Workouts.
How do you keep yourself motivated to exercise through the winter?