How Did I Forget?

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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How in the world did I forget Ellen’s birthday!?!


My favorite celebrity turned 53-years-old today, and I didn’t even realize until I watched her show this evening on my DVR. Jeez, some fan. But, better late than never, right?



So, today was a much better day than yesterday. To start, I got my long run in for the week. I only planned to run a few miles on the treadmill at the gym today, but before I knew it, I was already at 5 miles, so I continued on until I ran 7 miles in 67:02 (9:34 pace).

I felt great, but I really have no idea how I’m going to complete my long runs on a treadmill. I cannot run outside. My town doesn’t clear the snow from the sidewalks, so I’d end up running in the street, which is not at all safe. I actually saw a runner on my way to the gym this morning, and she was practically in the middle of the road. Not safe. I guess I’m just going to have to deal with it.

How do you deal with treadmill boredom?

Today was also a good day because Murphy and I spent some quality time together.

This morning, he sat on my lap while I worked, and in the afternoon, we went for a 30-minute walk around the neighborhood.

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Surprisingly, it really wasn’t that cold outside. It was even sort of pretty when it started to snow during our walk.

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Don’t I look like I am enjoying myself? No? Ok, I’d rather be here.

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I also ate some good food today! It was a lot of snacks, but still delicious.


Today’s lunch included mashed potatoes with buffalo sauce.

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A Gingerbread Smoothie.

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And a few chocolate chip cookies.

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My afternoon snack was 2/3 of a bag of microwave popcorn. I had a serious craving for it. (P.S. I can’t even remember the last time I ate microwave popcorn. It’s been years! Probably not since I started CNC!)

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Dinner was pesto pasta with roasted broccoli and tomatoes.

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Easy, delicious, satisfying.

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Off to search for something sweet! More cookies?



  1. I get through my treadmill runs by either watching TV or listening to my iPod. I think people who are at the gym at the same time as me probably prefer I listen to music because my favorite channel to watch while running is the Food Network. I know that’s really weird, but I feel like time flies when I watch Giada, Rachel, etc. cooking away!

    On another note, your pics are making me dread my move to Boston that is coming up in a few weeks! I am not a cold weather person AT ALL!

  2. Ellen has the same birthday as my mother in law! 🙂

    I’ve heard that doing intervals on the treadmill helps break it up. Or just one big tempo run. Music or tv would help me too.

  3. Haha! I love that picture of the popcorn with Murphy looking at it. Too cute!

    Whenever I just want to give up on the treadmill, I imagine that I am running the last bit of a race. It always puts me in the right mindset! 😀

  4. I recently just did a 20 mile run (prepping for my first marathon feb 20th 🙂 ) on a treadmill because the day of my long run it was -8 out with a wind chill advisory of -25!! I kept myself busy with two different movies, shot bloks ( i would take one every couple miles but the goal was “ok get to mile 13 and u have a shot blok then mile 15…) also I kept mixing up the pace “go hard for another half mile then easy mile…” I just tried to not look at the mileage. But def a good movie/ tv show and clear mindset is key!

  5. I’m a popcorn FANATIC. Every night..”Hey J, we should have popcorn.” And then we eat about 2 gallons worth of Whirley-Pop. Whirley-Pop changed my life-if you love popcorn, you will love it. Makes the microwaved stuff taste like a perm. (sorry to insult your obsession) Now’s your opportunity-get to bed bath and beyond TONIGHT and enjoy. (there are recipes for caramel corn in the box)

    Treadmill running is all about the playlist for me. I’ve been digging GirlTalk. His latest album is here for free, and legally.

  6. your pasta and brocolli and tomatoes looks DELICOUS!

    boredom on the teadmill: if I am going slow enough, magazines. If not, every minute I change the song as well as alternating the pace. Or stick a towel over it for a while and cover it up so you aren’t looking at the time. make up stories about other people at the gym. if you have to go longer then an hour switch treadmills. go to the gym with a friend and talk. text people.

  7. Ellen looks great for being 53. I think I’d love her in real life. She seems so…vibrant, and funny.

    You go to a gym, yes?? Don’t they have a track? Yeah, it’s definitely not as good as running outside but it’s WAY better than a treadmill.

    Just curious…Do you ever read books? I don’t think I remember you mentioning any.

  8. Ah, Ellen is so much fun to watch – so very “real” and down to earth but riotously funny!

    I love watching football games while on a long Sunday afternoon treadmill sesh. So very sad that the season only has one big game left!

  9. Okay, your mashed potatoes with buffalo sauce concoction sounds absolutely delicious! Two of the best foods ever combined, in my opinion. I must try it soon.

  10. Wow! Ellen looks good for 53! Recently to deal with winter running on the treadmill I’ve been listening to audio books on my Mp3 player. If I get a really good book it’s hard to stop listening and just keeps me going! Good luck!

  11. Music Music Music! At the gym college basketball has been on FOREVER I listen to all the old music that I listed to as a teenager (and that my parents hated) and it seems to do the trick! 🙂

  12. I recently ran 9 miles on the treadmill – my longest ever. My apartment complex gym has little tvs in the treadmill so I try and find a movie to get sucked into. I also vary the speed and incline to beat the boredom. Good luck getting your long runs in on the treadmill – I know exactly how you are feeling!

  13. I’ve been reading your blog for a while, but am only just commenting now. I really enjoy your posts and I especially like your healthy balance of eating and exercise, but also allowing for sweets and drinks.

    At any rate, I’m originally from Boston (though living in DC now and running the National Half as well). I noticed you’ve moved to the suburbs, but one option to get outside for your longer runs may be to drive into the city and either run along the Charles or in Newton along the carriage road (Heartbreak Hill area) (these areas are usually cleaned up because of all of the marathoners).
    With respect to the treadmill, I find it VERY difficult to do my long runs on the treadmill, but I do find intervals to be one way to go longer. I’m also a big fan of just covering the screen and concentrating on music or watching a sporting event.

  14. What great food you had today! I could go for some cookies right now too!!

    Happy Birthday Ellen!!!

    p.s. I have no tips for treadmill boredom…… I’m interested in hearing what others have to say though 🙂

  15. Um yea, this weather is completely absurd!!!!! I’m really glad that you are not running outside though- people are really freaking me out doing that right now and I know it’s their life but I really don’t want to be the one to hit them in my car!

  16. When the weather gets really bad I look forward to jogging in snowshoes. It can be difficult if the sidewalks are clear since you really need a good 8″+ to snowshoe easily, but I use them to get off the sidewalk and onto my favorite trails. In fact, I might be snowshoeing to work today if the city doesn’t do some serious plowing.

    If you have a chance I suggest renting or borrowing a pair and giving it a try! The shift is easy, and the resistance is similar to jogging in sand – you might be a little slower, but it’s certainly not boring.

  17. I can’t even imagine being able to do 7 miles on the treadmill! The longest I’ve made it is two and I had to take a break halfway through just to give myself a mental break. I don’t know what it is about after about 3 minutes I’m just DONE. I’ve never been able to mentally get into it! I start looking around at everyone in the gym which makes me run a little wobbly side to side… which recently led to a total spill! Massive bruise on my knee for a week. Oops. Anyway, I live in the Boston area too and finally just forced myself to go out last weekend in the 7 degree weather and run a few miles and even having to go much slower with the ice, it was soooo much better. Enough complaining :).

    Since they don’t clear the roads near you, what about driving somewhere that’s clearer, at least for your long runs? I know it’s nice to be able to just walk out the door and go but seems it might be worth it to trek somewhere for the longer mileage. I live in the Somerville/Cambridge area and it’s usually quite a mess, but a lot of Boston proper (downtown and around there) is much much better.

  18. I love Ellen! I can’t wait to watch the b-day show, but I’m behind on my DVR.

    I hate the treadmill but I’ve been a slave to it lately as well. I try to keep my playlist fun and people watch to make the time go by faster.

  19. I’ve been pretty lucky in Cincinnati, the longest training run I’ve had to do on the treadmill was 10 miles, and that was during a blizzard. I always put a towel over the clock on the treadmill, and that does make the time go a lot faster, along with music, tv, etc. Have you ever considered joining a training group? We do our outdoor group runs very early in the morning and there’s about 200 of us, all running in the street, so it’s a lot safer that way.

  20. I cannot deal with treadmill boredom! I get so bored I decide I’m too tired to run anymore and always end up walking :). I know it is mind over matter but in that case I just don’t enjoy it – so I don’t do it!

  21. Popcorn is one of my favorite foods and I am really not kidding! A really easy way to fix it is put your own kernels in a paper lunch size bag. Microwave it until you here the pops get far apart, then spray with better or olive oil. It never disappoints 🙂

  22. I hope I’m not repeating a suggestion here, but does your town have any bike trails around that parks and rec crews might be doing a super job of clearing? My towns (I split my time between school in Kansas and my boyfriend’s place in Nebraska) are both GREAT about clearing the bike trails and they’re often perfectly snow-free while the streets are…not. Though, of course this a moot point if there’s too much snow to even drive to said trails! The only kind of running I can do on treadmills are short (maybe 2 mi at the maximum) and tempo/speed training runs. Those go by so quick, but just setting out for a 4, 5, 6+ mi run on one of those would kill me!!

  23. Today (Thursday) is one of my BFF’s birthdays, and she jokes that since she was born between Ellen and Oprah, so it’s amazing that she’s not a talk show host herself.

  24. I love Ellen. She is just so funny and inspiring. Interestingly, I recently finished her wife’s book “Unbearable Lightness.” It was a very thought-provoking read, and very different from other memoirs I have read about eating disorders. She claims that Ellen was very instrumental in helping her overcome her disorder, as she was finally able to accept and embrace the fact that she is gay. A very good book!

    I have been running almost exclusively on the treadmill the past few weeks. 🙁 I wish I had more tips for keeping it interesting, but I don’t. I do make a habit of downloading songs I know I’ll want to run to…this does make the runs a little more bearable! I was forced to do a 14-mile run on the treadmill this weekend, as the sidewalks and roads were far too icy/snowy for me to run on. It wasn’t especially exciting. =/

  25. I’ve been doing my long runs on treadmills due to snow and ice too (so far I’m up to 14) and I just have to plan them around TV shows. I make sure the Food Network is on and also any college basketball games I want to watch. And I take a break around 9 or 10 miles in!

  26. I used to hate, hate, hate running on a treadmill especially when I first started running a few years back. The minutes would pass so slowly. I don’t know what happened but sometime in the last 2 years I’ve really started to enjoy my treadmill running. I totally zone out to my iPod and random thoughts. Sure, there are TVs at the gym and people watching but I usually focus on the little dot that shows me where I am on the track and just let the time pass by.

    I adore Ellen too! And since I’m home today (you might have heard, DC got snowed in majorly last night = snow day!) I get to watch her!

  27. I appreciate the treadmill question, because I absolutely dread running on one. It’s especially difficult because I don’t usually listen to my iPod since I don’t use it when running outside. So these tips and comments are great!

  28. Do you have a college campus nearby? I love running in-door tracks just because I cannot handle treadmills all that well. Some school’s have really nice running facilities indoors for their track athletes and often have open hours for the general public.

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