This is another running week heavy on the treadmill, as it’s just me, Jasp, and the now pill popping border collie. Once again, I think “why didn’t I get one of these years ago?!” Jasp is getting pretty good about letting me get the whole run in without too many requests for something. Our deal is: he lets me do my run, and immediately post run I build a super impressive train track for his faux-Thomas train set. It works for us. Everyone is happy.
I am really getting this treadmill routine down, too. I thought I’d do a lot of hill workouts, but really haven’t. I discovered early on that the hill settings make me do something to alter my stride and I end up abnormally sore the next day. I figure this is a bad thing, so I don’t go over a 1% grade. I also know that for me, running the treadmill is harder, since there is no varying your pace unless you constantly jack with the settings (which I don’t). So if I have to do treadmill running all week, I use it as a good excuse to try a couple faster runs. Easy days on the treadmill are really nice though, because they are so easy, as long as my fingers are never tempted to turn up the speed. I still haven’t done a really long run on it, nothing over an hour and a half, and most the time I do between 6-8 miles. I also have realized I really did get the treadmill right for me. I opted to sacrifice bells and whiltles to get a slightly higher end, but very plain model. Now that I’ve done significant running on it, I don’t think I would have used any of the bells and whistles anyways. As long as I have my ipad with my shows on it, I am set!
Ok, and here is a rant, pre-apologies if I offend anyone. I follow a lot of running websites, and I don’t get these articles about how some running parent is an example of balancing it all when they don’t work and send thier kid to childcare so they can train. If that’s your job, to be a professional runner, fair enough, but please don’t call that a balancing act. I’m sure these people are still busy, but it’s not like they have to get up at 4am to run because it’s the only free time of the day. Ok, rant over.
Also, my lunch break is about over. I forgot half my lunch on the kitchen counter today and am having fresh fruit withdrawals. I work in a hospital, and ironically that means there is nothing healthy I can purchase to eat here. Hopefully I will make it through the day without a crappy coffee cart stale muffin, or raiding Jasper’s snacks I packed for our commute home. The squeezee apple sauce is looking tempting…