Boston Lobster Sneakers + Last Treadmill Training Run + Some Treadmill Workouts

First things first: Brooks Lobster Launch 2! OMG, THESE SHOES! There are LOBSTERS on them. Lobsters! BOSTON lobsters! I am so in love.

IMG_0785 (800x800)Recreated to represent the spirit of the famed race, the Lobster Launch 2 features patterned imagery of the lobster and a blue ocean midsole as an ode to the Atlantic Ocean that banks the city. Additional details include rope laces reminiscent of the fisherman’s rope and wood lace aglets that represent the fishing traps used to catch lobsters. The shoe comes packaged in a white, branded fishing net to further bring to life an industry that is near and dear to the hearts of Bostonians.

I’m such a dork, but I almost cried when I opened the box. It was such a nice gesture from Brooks, especially with me running the marathon (in just 19 days!) and my love for all things Boston. Marathon Monday is my favorite day of the year, and Boston is the race I’ve always wanted to run, so these sneakers made me so incredibly happy and excited for race day.

FYI: The Brooks Lobster Launch 2 is available April 3rd in specialty running stores around Boston, at the company’s expo booth over marathon weekend, as well as brooksrunning.com.

Brooks also sent along a foam lobster claw (Mal said he’s bringing it to the marathon), so I had a little fun playing with it!

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My colorful striped top is also from Brooks!

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Last night, I did my last marathon training run (Yassos x 8) on the treadmill at KFIT. It was actually bittersweet. I was surprised that I felt a little sad when it was over. I’ve never hated the treadmill, but I’ve grown to really like it during my training. Over the past few months, there were so many hours spent on the treadmill at KFIT– during classes, which always included smiles and waves from members, and alone in the early hours of the morning with just my iPhone and thoughts. It’s crazy how quickly my training has gone by. I’ve really started to love it, and I’m going to miss it once it’s over.

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After my run (I covered just over 10 miles), I came home, helped Mal put Quinn to bed, and then cooked a quick dinner while I hopped in the shower. On the menu: Chicken burgers with steamed kale and broccoli with buffalo sauce and oven fries with ketchup.

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After that, I relaxed on the couch with compression socks, cookies, and a glass of wine. (I swear, wine tastes better after a tough workout, right?)

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I’ve received quite a few questions about running on the treadmill for an extended period of time and how not to get bored. Here’s a post that I wrote awhile back: How to Run on a Treadmill Without Dying of Boredom. And here are a few more ideas + some treadmill workouts to keep you entertained! (Changing up speeds and inclines is my go-to method for keeping my sanity on a treadmill.)

  • Podcasts! Here are some of my favorites, and I highly recommend Serial. It got me through a lot of treadmill runs!
  • Watch a movie or TV series (on your tablet or phone if your treadmill doesn’t have a TV). I watched a movie during a 2-hour long run, and it actually went by pretty fast.
  • Challenge yourself. I always record my running workouts, so I typically try to go faster, longer, or add in more inclines than my previous workout.

And here are even more treadmill workouts!

Questions of the Day

Are you sad when your training is over?

How do you keep yourself entertained on a treadmill?

41 Comments

  1. I love watching movies or TV when I have a long run I need to complete on a treadmill. I’ll even have music playing in the background and read closed captions. For some reason I’m able to read those a lot better than I am reading an actual magazine. Another thing I like to do is vary the speed of the treadmill with my music. Nothing makes the time fly by faster!

  2. Love the lobster shoes! I watched Scandal during my half marathon training and it helped so much. I was sad when my training was over because I had grown to enjoy the runs and working towards a goal.

  3. omg THOSE. ARE. AWESOME. I want those so bad. One more thing for my expo wish list!

    I keep myself entertained on the treadmill with shows/movies from my ipad. I’ve been watching Better Call Saul for the past few weeks and yesterday I watched Tropic Thunder (laughing and running at the same time is hard!).

  4. I’m dying to get ahold of those shoes! I’ve seen them on 2 blogs/Insta accounts now & am just waiting for Friday to order a pair 😀

  5. Thanks for sharing the treadmill ideas. My hubby bought me one for Christmas and I have been enjoying it. Although I am ready to try to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. It was mid 60’s in Michigan today. Woohoo!

    I have been listening to Pandora Workout station, watched TV, and tried to just think positively about where I am at in my beginner level stages. I have to remind myself that I am only competing with myself and not others when I see my times.

  6. I love my treadmill and feel fortunate to have it on the days when I can’t get out of the house for activity. I’m trying to lose some weight so lately I’ve been watching past seasons of The Biggest Loser on Hulu. Not only does it keep me occupied but it also inspires me to keep pushing as I workout.

  7. When I ran my first half I loved the training aspect of it and then when it was over I felt lost. I didn’t know what to do if I wasn’t working towards a goal. I took a little time off, then just got back into my regular running routine a couple times a week. I have another half coming up in May so it’s been nice to think about getting into training again. Hopefully I don’t have the same experience as last time when it’s done!

  8. You need to pick a few unique balloons that Mal can hold on to during the marathon. That is a key “landmark” you can always look for from your supporters. I had two odd shaped balloons in bright colors (yellow diamond shaped big bird I believe and red Elmo). We had three areas we told our running friends we’d be and he easily found us!! Also good for Quinn once the race is over.

  9. I just cannot get into the treadmill, I’d rather run outside any day. But I’d really like to be able to like it so that I can do a little speed work on it.

  10. Do you listen to podcasts only on your long runs, or also your tempo runs? For me, I feel like tempo runs I can’t because I need to focus on getting faster. Do you feel the same?

  11. I am sad training I’d done that I signed up for a fall marathon! I also just fractured my pinky last week so tapering started early. Looks like I will be in a cast for Boston. Not getting my spirit down!

  12. I ran my first marathon in January and when all was said and done I felt aimless. I loved having a goal. I have a wide range of workout interests, but none of them lead to a major accomplishment. Marathon training consumed so much of my life, including conversations…”how’s training going?” It was similar to graduating with my Masters degree. At the time I was teaching full time, studying for a board certification, and finishing up finals. When it was over I had no idea what to do with my extra time. I wish you a great run at Boston and I am green with envy! Have a blast!

  13. Thankfully I live in Phoenix and rarely have to use a treadmill. I can’t stand them and my body just doesn’t function the same one on. Things hurt in my calf and feet from the vibrations. When I have used them, it’s forced me to keep it short. Lovie love love the shoes!

  14. During Chicago marathon, a friend had a big red foam hand and it toooootally stuck out. The joy of sighting it was unreal! Ha.

  15. I’ve done that pyramid workout a few times and it’s a great one! I have to keep changing speeds or I get really bored. I don’t have cable, so it’s really fun to watch TV when I’m on the treadmill!

  16. I was not sad, lol. I just wanted to get to race day! (I ran the San Diego marathon) I couldn’t wait to be out on the course but the training leading up to it was not always fun as I trained in the Boston area from February-May.

    When I had to do long runs on the treadmill I motivated myself with a prize, haha. One time it was a fashion ring I really wanted, another time it was some new running gear. My motivation to get through my runs was sometimes pricey but it got me through them! (oh and sometimes secretly out running someone on another treadmill kept me entertained, lol. Haven’t we all done that?? I always wonder if the other person could sense it)

  17. I love your treadmill workouts. When I have a set plan to go off of, it is much less likely for me to get bored or distracted. Do you feel the same after running on a treadmill vs. running outdoors? For some reason, the treadmill seems harder on my knees and ankles.

    1. I actually get this weird oblique pain when I run on the treadmill. It’s most likely an imbalance/scoliosis issue, but it’s weird it doesn’t happen when I run outside.

  18. Love those shoes! I just recently bought my first pair of Brooks (Ravenna 5s) and I’m really liking them. But they don’t have lobsters 🙁
    I’ve been doing so much running on the treadmill and I watch TV, but I still find it pretty boring. I did love it for these winter months when going outside would have been even worse, but I’m excited that I’ve been doing more outdoor runs with the weather warming up.

  19. Love the running shoes!!! Good luck at the marathon! I’m looking to do my first half marathon this fall. I was going to do the Philly Rock n Roll, but they scheduled it this year on Halloween, which just will not fly in a house of 3 kids that want to go trick or treating. I’m sure I can find another one in the timeframe I’m looking for. Thanks for the tips on keeping yourself occupied during long runs on the treadmill. I’m sure that will help!

  20. I love love love those lobster shoes. I’m tempted to buy them, but I don’t think I will. I think that would be like wearing a t-shirt of a race I haven’t run..

    I’m never sad when training is over.. onto the next big challenge!

  21. Those sneakers are really awesome! And I can see how you’d feel a bit nostalgic about your training! I’m not huge into the treadmill, but making lists in my head while listening to music always helps it go by for me.

  22. I really want those lobster shoes! Those are awesome! And I love Brooks, so even better. I was a little sad about The Open ending this year. But it is good to have a goal that finalizes your training. Then you can take a break after the fact, and start over again with a new goal after you’ve rested.

  23. Love those shoes! To keep myself busy on the treadmill I watch Netflix. It works really well when you get an action show or movie, it gets you so excited that sometimes you kind of forget you are running! I also use intervals to break up the run too, doing 1 minute fast, 1 minute moderate and 1 minute slow.

  24. I’m always sad when marathon training is over. I love the feeling I get when I finish a long run, so much to be proud of! I always feel a little “lost” after the actual race…
    I prefer to run outside, but I am thankful to have a treadmill at home. To combat boredom I watch shows/news, mix in a little music, switch up my pace and incline.

    I ran Boston in 2010, by far the best marathon. Such a proud moment crossing that finish line and the 26.2 miles of encouragement from complete strangers. Nothing like it! Nothing. I still get excited on Marathon Monday, even though I’m in Nashville. I will be celebrating the day with a run and watching the race online! Good luck to you! I can’t wait to hear all about your experience 🙂

  25. I’m right there with you On podcast lovin! You have to check out the Girls Gone WOD podcast! They’re my favorite and I don’t even do cross fit, although now I’m really dying to try it.

  26. Tina,

    Admittedly, first time coming by your blog. We LOVE it!!!!

    Keep up the handwork here and really looking forward to following your adventures through fitness and motherhood.

    Best,
    Marathon Sports

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