Tuesday, February 21, 2012

To the Gym Tuesdays

I spent the entire drive home from school talking myself into going for a run. The best way, I find, is to run in the door, drop everything, put on my running shoes and go. If I think about it, I'll come up with a really good reason for why I shouldn't run (I'm good at that).

I haven't run in a while. I was doing really good at the end of last summer and into the fall, but since Mr. Eight has been gone and I've been trying to focus on school, running has dropped to the wayside. Plus, my favorite running buddy (the friend I'm doing the Warrior Dash with), is deployed right now. But she comes back in a week and a half and it'll be go go go until the Dash! I told myself if I was going to do it then I was going to train for it.. err at least get off my butt a few days a week..

Since the Warrior Dash is a 5K (just over 3 miles), I decided I'd better start with at least 2 miles today, then build up from there until the event. So that's just what I did, 2 miles. It wasn't pretty. But I did it. I feel pretty good about it too, like I really deserve the Subway sandwich I'm going to have as soon as I'm done with this post! (Not really though, I had a donut this morning shhhh).

Running outside can be a lot different than running on the treadmill at the gym, but there are things I like about it infinitely better. I feel more accomplished after a run outside. It was super windy today, and when it wasn't windy it was just hot. The wind makes for good resistance training, so I know I'm getting a little better of a workout than just plain running on a treadmill.

Also, when I start to slow down I like to make deals with myself (I'm not crazy). "Ok, pick up the pace and get to that tree, as soon as you get to that tree you can speed walk". Then I'll pick another point to where my speed walk will end and I'll have to get moving again. It's good for speed training too, random sprinting is a lot easier when you don't have to push a button and wait for the machine. I do it the same way as when I want to take a break, I pick an object in the distance (car, tree, playground) and sprint to it, then keep moving but take it easy for a minute and go again.  Makes the run a lot more interesting!

Are you a fan of the treadmill or do you enjoy running outside?


  1. I am a fan of my elliptical. I don't know what it is about actual running, but we don't get along. :) I am really good at coming up with reasons against physical exertion if I procrastinate too. So much easier to find an excuse than my gym shoes. lol

  2. I am also a huge fan of the elliptical! I feel like I get a better workout on it, but it doesn't help with my outside running stamina much, obviously lol. I was in the Air Force for a couple years, and prior to joining I never ran, I didn't think I could do it. It's so hard to get out there and complete a workout, but once I do I feel on top of the world! Haha Those excuses are always nearby aren't they??

  3. I want to run. It sounds like such a great idea but then I tie my shoes...and take a nap. I dont think that is how it works


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