Some Running Tips on a Tuesday

58.5 down 1,955.5 to go!

It has been colder in Tennessee than in Alaska!  What is up with that?!

The weather has forced me to use the treadmill a couple of times this week so following in the footsteps of every other running blog out there (well most of them), I too will give my tips for making the treadmill more bearable.

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Mix it up with hills or speed work

No one really likes running on the treadmill.  For me, adding speed intervals or hill repeats gives me something to think about.  Thinking things like “two more to go” or “15 more seconds until recovery” gets rid of the mental challenge of running to nowhere.

Find something to distract you

Watch a TV show or listen to a good podcast or audio book.  I am a podcast girl myself and something about listening to a running or fitness podcast while running just seems right.  A few I am loving at the moment are Two Gomers Run For Their Lives, The Runner Girls Podcast,  The Jillian Michaels Show, and for anyone starting out, The Chubby Jones Podcast is one of my favorites.  PSA – people may look at you like you are a freak when you laugh out loud or talk back to the people on the podcast…please tell me I am not the only one who does this.

The long run

Try your best to do your long run outside but if you absolutely cannot run outside distraction is the key for this workout!   Every July my TV is all Tour de France all the time and I love to go to the gym, get on a spin bike, and ride along with the tour.  To take this concept to the treadmill, movies like Spirit of the Marathon, Ultramarathon Man, and many more would fill the bill.  Another trick I have used is to change treadmills every few miles.  For a 9 mile run at the gym I will move to a new treadmill every three miles.  Once again, this is simply a mental trick to change up the scenery.

When in doubt, remind yourself that spring is just around the corner and soon you I will be complaining about the heat

This Week:

Monday – 3 miles easy + Walk 2 miles of the Coffee Marathon

Tuesday – 4 miles on the treadmill (while listening to Two Gomers)

Wednesday – Rest

Thursday – 3 miles (hill intervals on the treadmill)

Friday – Rest

Saturday – 7 slow miles (in 18 mph winds) – does this count as resistance training?

Sunday – 2 miles easy with Moose

Any tips for running in the wind? Other than suck it up cupcake

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Tonya Takes Flight

37.5 miles down 1,976.5 to go

School is back in session and I finally feel like there is some normalcy back in my life.  Having a schedule (even though it is different every day of the week) brings me comfort.  It also reminds me that squeezing in time for training is hard work!  I know I will need to run on a treadmill at the gym tonight and I am already dreading it.  Hopefully I will muster the willpower to make myself do it instead of wimping out and going home to watch The Biggest Loser.

This past Friday I took my very first aerial yoga class!  My studio has been doing a teacher training for Unatta Aerial Yoga and offered some free classes so the teachers doing the training could practice and the public could try it out.  Aerial Yoga uses hammocks to aid in the poses.

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I grew a little nervous when I learned that myself and one other person were the only two people in the room who were not yoga instructors and lets just say I was definitely the “special kid.”  Lucky for me the teacher was fabulous and helped me be able to do things like this!

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I was sooo sore the next day.  This works your entire body and my abs were killing me.  I can’t wait until the regular classes start up in February!

This week was much better in the mileage department but the running has been very slow (even slower than usual) lately.  I don’t know if it is because I took a break, because I am lazy, or because it is so cold outside but I hope I can get back some of the speed I worked so hard to build.

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 3.1 miles with Moose

Wednesday: Yoga

Thursday: 1 mile walk with Moose, 3 miles (intervals), 1 mile bike

Friday: Aerial Yoga

Saturday: 8 miles + 2.3 miles walk

Sunday: Rest

 

How do you get motivated to run on the treadmill?  

What do you do to pass the time?

*all photos were taken from The Yoga Nest facebook page

Here we go Yo Yo

I love Christmas!  I love the decorations, shopping, spending time with friends and family, and the cold chill in the air.  I am always sad to see Christmas end but excited to usher in a new year with new beginnings.  I am also ready for spring!  Once Christmas is over, I am ready for highs in the mid-fifties and the perfect running weather that comes with early spring.  The yoyo weather we have here in Tennessee teases us with a nice sunny warm day followed by a day of  highs in the 30’s, that makes it so much harder to make myself get out there for a run.

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I bundled up this morning to take Moose for a short walk because how can you say no to this guy?

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This morning he barked until I put down the laptop and let him get in my lap.  He may be a 90 pound dog but he clearly thinks he is one of the cats!

Today’s run will be some form of speed work.  I’m thinking intervals but I haven’t decided exactly what kind or if I will run outside or on a treadmill.  If the wind keeps up like it did on our walk, the treadmill wins hands down!