Is It Spring Yet??

So recently I’ve been doing ALL of my workouts inside. Seriously, I haven’t ran outside since the ‘heatwave’ that we got last week where I did 4miles with some runners around where I live. So, how have I been able to log my miles on the treadmill?! How I have been able to talk myself into getting out of bed every morning and to the gym!? Well, let us take a look.

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It hasn’t been easy getting up early. I think the only reason that I actually DO get up in the morning is because I enjoy knowing that I can go home as soon as I’m done with work and don’t have to worry about going to the gym. That, and I also enjoy getting a good parking spot in the parking garage if I do to the gym on campus.

Running on the treadmill is a bit harder to talk myself into. For example, I did 4 miles on the mill today and it felt like 12.. However, other days doing 5 seems like the easiest thing out there.. So how do I do it?!

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1. Start with your ‘goal’ as something that seems easy.. Mine is usually 3 miles, and then I add on that I’m doing 2 miles after that. I mean, after three, the 2 is a new challenge and isn’t as daunting as getting on the mill knowing that you’re about to run 5 miles on it. Mind you, I usually know the distance that I’m going to run before I get on, but something about breaking it down into smaller goals makes it easier.

2. In the morning I watch the news. In the evening I watch whatever is on. Today I had to watch the news by reading subtitles.. I honestly think that helped because it seemed like everytime that I looked down .5 miles had gone by.

3. If you’re not running for length/endurance, then break it up. Do two miles, go do abs, then come back and do two more. I personally don’t do this because I’m training for half marathons and need to consecutive miles. But if you’re just running to get your cardio in, try breaking it up.

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Thing is, now that I’ve gotten more comfortable on the treadmill isn’t harder for me to do other things. You know, like the stair stepper. I hate the elliptical (reminds me of when I was injured and couldn’t run), so I stay far away from those.

I’ve also been spicing up my workouts with erging (you know, those rowing machines). I used to row in college, so I’m pretty comfortable on one. However I warn you, if you don’t know how to do it PLEASE ask a trainer at your gym. The resistance should be 4-5, NOT 10. Honestly it’s PAINFUL for me to watch people try to erg.

I’ve also decided that I’m going to start swimming at least twice a week for 20+ minutes. I have plans to do a few triathlons this summer, but if I don’t get into the pool soon I’m going to end up drowning in the lake.

 

I hope all of your workouts are going well, whether they’re inside or outside!!

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