Dreadmill of death..

Let me be frank, I HATE THE TREADMILL!!! It seriously could be on the government’s list of cruel and unusual punishment. I’m sure most of you feel the same, but let me tell you WHY I had to write to tell you.

This morning I got up at 4:43am to go to the gym. Goal: be to the gym by 5:30am to run 9 miles.. pretty lofty goal for a girl who can hardly run more than 2 miles on the mill. WELL, got to the gym early and jumped onto one of the ‘good’ treadmills.

Started running. My knee hurt. Slowed down. THEN the DREAD of dreadmill started to set in.. So I bargained with myself.. Alright, so 9 might be too much seeing as my knees hate the mill.. so what about 6.. alright, 6, I can do six.. THEN 2 miles hit..

And I swear it was the SLOWEST MILE OF MY LIFE!


I should mention that all this time I’ve been watching Despicable Me on my iPad, so it’s not like I SHOULD be bored, but I was. Next time I decide to do a treadmill workout I’m going to have to do one of those “treadmill interval” things to do.


So at 3 miles I called it a run.. 3 dreadful miles that felt like 12.. You know what.. Sometimes you have just to let go of the fact that it was an awful workout. And it was. But guess what. I STILL DID SOMETHING, which is always better than nothing at all.

So now I’m at work/school and will be going up north to enjoy the weekend. Not even going to bring my running shoes to tempt me. Maybe I’ll do some bodyweight workout when the guys are playing hockey?! Just need to remember that this is a LIFESTYLE of being healthy & fit, and missing one weekend isn’t going to derail me.



Love Three Day Weekends!

I’m SO happy that this weekend is a three day weekend. However, it also leaves me in a pickle.. Hear me out. I decided to do the Winter Miles Challenge that Ms Jess over at Run with Jess has put together. AND I have my first half marathon of the year next Saturday..

So here’s the dilemma. After my run tonight, and tomorrow morning, I should be at 18.5 miles for the week.. But I want to reach 20.. Ok, so that’s an easy fix. I can just run 4.6 tonight instead of 3.1 and boom. 20 miles for the week hit. The REAL problem comes with the fact that I’m going up north with my boyfriend and his friends this weekend..

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SO that means that the 8 miles that I had scheduled for Saturday is going to be tough. I’m sure that I can run the road that the cottage is on, and the one next to it for 8 miles (you know, seeing EVERY part of the road like 5 times).. BUT I also don’t want to be that person that has to get miles in.. Then again, we’re not skiing until Sunday. So if they all want to play hockey on Saturday, maybe I can get my miles in before most people wake up for breakfast and then it won’t be an issue.

I know that I come first, but at the same time this isn’t my place and I don’t want to seem like I HAVE to run.. But, you know, I do have too seeing that I have a half in a week that I’m less than prepared for.

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So let’s hope that I can get 6-8 miles in on Saturday. The the rest of the week looks like this.

Sunday =0, Monday=3 (once home), Tuesday=3, Thursday=3, Friday=0, Saturday=13.1


I’m a dabbler..

Well that just sounds a bit ridiculous doesn’t it? But it’s true.. I like to dabble in a bunch of different things.. Let me list the different things that I’ve done (mostly fitness related)..

Taekwondo– Ok, I was like a LOT younger, but still.
Track/Golf/Cheerleading– Those were the high school sports.
Soccer/Basketball/Volleyball/Track-Those were my middle school sports.
Wall/Rock Climbing- The Rec at school has one.
Golfing– Still enjoy it from time to time, though I suck.

Rowing– One year in college.

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Cycling– Now part of triathlons.

Marathon running– Got hurt, so I’m trying to stick to 13.1 or shorter now.

Triathlons– Still fun, but I’ll never be ‘great’ at them.

Swimming– Only thanks to triathlons.
Ironman 70.3– On the schedule for next summer.
Snowboarding– Had my own for four years, finally sold it to buy skis.

Skiing– The snow kind.. Fun winter pastime.
Yoga– Bikram just wasn’t for me.. Too. Hot!
Group Fitness Classes– I try, I really do, they just don’t seem to sit well with me.. I always find a reason to hate them.
Solar Car Team– Ok, so I have the T-shirts from MSU.. I was never REALLY involved.
Volunteering– I like to volunteer; Hospitals, teams, etc.
Mountain Biking– Still enjoy it from time to time, also have a huge scar thanks to it.

Cyclocross– Still TRYING to try this out!
Mud Runs– I’ve done the Warrior Dash, but still plan on doing a Tough Mudder.

Hiking– Something I’d love to do if I lived someplace with mountains!


The way I see it.. The more things that I try out the more I’ll know what I’m interested in.. But, it also means that I get infatuated with something for a short period of time.. Luckily, for me, I usually end up coming back to it, or it’s something that I can lots of use out of.. Like my road bike, I’ve been able to use it in triathlons, group rides, and just to ride for fitness. Running is an easy one, everyone needs running/gym shoes (plus running is the one thing that I fell HEADOVERHEELS in love with!)

But it means that somedays I just REALLY want to join something.. Like yesterday it was the Detroit Boat Club Crew.. I loved rowing in college I only left my spring semester at MSU because I didn’t have the same connection with the people that I did when I started rowing at CU-Boulder. But I miss rowing.. I was in great shape and I loved the people.. Sometimes teams/clubs are about the people more than they are the sport and I think that’s what I’m missing in my life.. I need a team/club to be on.


Yes I know, I’m a bit crazy. But I think I’ll keep my money for now and save it (this is the morning after the initial thought talking…). It would be a nice thing to actually save some money up.. plus, when I’m older and have a ‘real person job’ at that point I’ll have the money to join a boat house if I want to, and it won’t keep me from buying groceries for the week! 😉