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go, Go, GO.

go, Go, GO.

    I have to admit, getting back into the whole running/lifting routine post vacation has been difficult, but fun at the same time. The past three treadmill runs have been at 9:15 min/mile pace or less, and I was able to successfully overcome a lot of mental barriers during those runs as well. Since getting back from vacation, I have been hesitant to really push myself distance-wise...and even pace-wise to some extent. Because I know the treadmill won't let you run continuously for more than 60 minutes, I have just used that as an excuse for why I don't run farther than 6 miles at a time...even though I know that taking a minute or two to restart the treadmill and go an extra mile or two is pretty much equivalent to getting stopped by a train while running outside. The thing is, I've never ran more than 6 miles on a treadmill. Like, ever. So, the idea of actually doing that is kind of intimidating. As far as pace is concerned, I consistently find myself holding back way too much during the first few miles and making excuses for why I don't want to start out too fast too soon. And for some odd reasons it never fails that before I reach the halfway point of my 6 mile run I'm ready to throw in the towel for one reason or another.

    So, why is treadmill running really so much harder than running outside?! I mean there are definitely a lot of pros to running on the treadmill. You don't have to stop for cars, trains, etc. You're far less likely to fall and end up with blood going everywhere and bruises/scars galore. You don't have to worry about the weather affecting your performance. There are no hills or shitty roads/sidewalks. You have control over your pace and it is far easier to maintain a certain pace for as long as you choose. You can see your reflection in the window and critique your form mid run (which is also a con because who want to watch themselves run?!) However, there are also a shit ton of downsides to being stuck on the damn "dreadmill." The scenery doesn't change and you don't get that extra boost/exhilarating feeling from running downhill like a crazy person in the frigid winter air. You have to wear ear buds and are unable to blare your T-Swift music for all the world to hear. You find yourself constantly watching the scream and being way too focused on bumping up the speed at certain intervals...taking a lot of the fun/joy/free feeling out of running. You don't get to wave at random people or wear your light up hat. There are no surprises...at all along the way. You can't upload your runs to Strava to brag about how bad ass of a runner you are or how fast your final mile was during a 7 mile run. YOU FREAKING GET KICKED OFF AFTER 60 MINUTES OF RUNNING.

    Okay, so you get the picture. I am totally not a fan of running on the treadmill. I hate it, and it hates me most days. The last few runs have been a bit of an exception to this rule. Yes, there were about a millions times when it was awful, I wanted to give up, and it got so bad that I wasn't just driving the struggle bus, the bus had run me over and was dragging me behind it. And for some random reason, I have been getting side stitches 2-3 miles in that have had me seriously considering slamming the breaks mid run. The one thing that kept me going when things got tough mentally, or I was in pain (or both) is the phrase "GO, GO ,GO!"...well and my T-Swift playlist which I have become even more obsessed with since taking a break from listening to those songs while on vacation. And yes that phrase just so happens to be from her song "Getaway Car." Also, I discovered this morning just how much it helps to 1. Smile while running even if you feel like crap, and 2. Have someone running on the treadmill next to you. Even if you have no idea how fast that other person is running, it motivates you to keep pushing yourself, even when it's leg day and you initially planned on just cruising through your final mile.

    Because you have the ability to adjust your speed at any time while on a treadmill, this sorta makes it easier to hit time PRs...if you could subtract out all the other cons to running on that damn thing as opposed to running outside. I definitely feel more competitive just with myself when I know that I hold all the control/power when it comes to how I decide to pace myself. Usually my approach is to start out slow, like 6.2 mph, for the first mile and then increase my speed from there by .1 every mile. That strategy has been effective so far. It leaves me plenty of energy to be able to up my speed by either .1 or .25 mile intervals during my final mile. However, if I really want to try to push past the 6 mile mark when it comes to treadmill running, that strategy isn't going to cut it. I'll need to focus less on have that final burst of speed at the end and more on just increasing my speed a little more each mile (like by .2 mph instead of .1).

    Today, I squatted for the first time in two weeks. It was rough and I feel like I was a little too cautious when it came to my weight/reps. Prior to this two week hiatus, I have been leaving squats for the very end of my workout...which is probably not the best idea, but whatever. Today, I decided to do them first thing, so my legs were still a little tired from running/incline walking and not as warmed up as normal. Back squats felt decent, front squats were complete crap. Like my ear buds kept falling out of my damn ears. I'm not used to squatting heavy when there are other people around and OMG they for sure thought my form was crap (which it for sure was). I wasn't able to do as much weight as I felt I should have on front squats. I got really nervous about falling/wiping out during my last set of back squats at 105 so I just did one rep with really, REALLY terrible form. But, thank God, all of my other exercises were repeats of what I had done during Wednesday's leg day...so I did low weight with high volume. And man by the end of that workout I was exhausted and starving.

    Game plan for tomorrow's run: Attempt to do 6.5-7 miles at not crazy fast speed; try to convince myself that I will have a better run if I just put my Ipod on shuffle instead of listening to my T-Swift playlist for the umpteenth time.

   
LONGEST TREADMILL RUN...EVER

LONGEST TREADMILL RUN...EVER

LAS VEGAS // BETTING ON YOURSELF

LAS VEGAS // BETTING ON YOURSELF