Treadmill Tempo

I have a love/hate relationship with dreadmills treadmills.

 

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Loves:

  • Can use anytime the gym is open, regardless weather
  • Complete control over pace
  • Watch TV while working out
  • Safer before light/after dark

Hates:

  • Boooooooooooooooooooring!

 

Working during all the daylight hours requires me to hit the gym on occasion. My options are: treadmill or don’t run at all. I chose the former.

 

Today’s workout was a tempo run. I found that this is the MOST boring workout known to mankind that you could ever do on the treadmill. It usually involves holding a slightly uncomfortable pace for a decent amount of miles. Speed intervals go by quickly because you are constantly changing the pace and it seems to fly by. Easy runs are usually short, and I can watch tv or be otherwise engaged. Treadmill tempo runs are brutal.

 

I completed my 5.0 mile tempo run at a 9:13 min/mile pace, or 6.5 mph on the treadmill. I found it really hard to start running at this pace, but toward the end it got easier. My natural tendency towards negative splits (getting progressively faster) makes it weird to hold a constant pace for that long.

 

I think I may save tempo runs for the great outdoors if at all possible. 🙂

 

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I’ve been meaning to blog about the October grocery budget challenge but I keep forgetting. It’s going pretty well, but I’m finding that I’m eating a TON of pasta. I guess it’s no big deal since I pretty much crave it after any tough run (and those have been more frequent lately.)

 

I try to switch it up, but lately my go-to has been spaghetti-chicken-broccoli-alfredo. It’s exactly what the name says.

 

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For a jarred sauce, this stuff is pretty damn good.

 

 

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Do you prefer to workout in a gym or outside? I’m an outdoor girl! 

 

❤ MegaNerd

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Running on Full

My goal to wake up and run before work only happened once so far this week. Tuesday, I dragged myself out of bed, ran 3.0 miles, but managed to make myself late for work.

 

Le sigh.

 

I need to figure out a way to get ready for work faster!

 

Not wanting to be late two days in a row, I decided to wait until Wednesday night to get my run in. I got home late because of some errands, and I was absolutely starving! I had planned to run 5.0 miles outside, but I knew that I needed to eat dinner before I could go, and that it would be dark by the time I was done and digested. What can I say, I have good plans but have trouble following through!

 

I decided to go ahead and make dinner before my run. This meal was one that Mark made for me last week and I decided to recreate because it was so yummy!

 

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Basically, I combined:

  • 1/2 box smart taste penne pasta
  • grilled chicken breast
  • 1/2 jar Alfredo sauce
  • steamed broccoli
  • sweet yellow, red, and orange peppers
  • salt and pepper

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It was SO delicious! The best part is that I split it into 3 meals, so I have two leftover meals to eat today and tomorrow! 🙂

 

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After I ate dinner and cleaned up my mess, I waited another hour before heading to the gym. I arrived with a still-full tummy, so I ended up doing a 3.0 mile run/walk instead of a 5.0 mile run. I was running on full!

 

Once it’s dark, I’m destined for the treadmill.

 

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It wasn’t awful. I’m learning to appreciate the t-mill. I hopped off and did a 20-min upper body strength training session. Next time, I’m going to be sure to wait longer before running after a meal! Breakfast isn’t a big deal, but for some reason lunch/dinner seem to be in my throat if I eat and run.

 

Can you eat meals before you workout? What works for you?

 

❤ MegaNerd