Morning! Yesterday I was slightly depressed when I realized it was Tuesday and not Wednesday, but today I am a-ok with it being Wednesday and not Thursday. In preparation for the POM Party, I went to 5 stores last night. First, Costco, then Harris Teeter, than another Harris Teeter, than to Shoppers. Then back out to Harris Teeter because Wil needed some gelatin for the pom jelly he made last night. Whew! About a month ago I was sent coupons for free Fresh Express salad from Foodbuzz, so I knew I wanted the first course to be a salad. The only trouble is, I can only buy one bag per purchase, so that is part of the reason I zipped around to so many stores last night. That said, I was able to do really well with deals since I went to three different places to get things. I ended up getting everything on my list for just $84 but I did save $10 on 4 bags of salad. 🙂
I am glad to report that today I am three for three days in a row waking up for an AM workout! Since I have a lot to do at night this week, I’ve been trying to get up early to get my workouts in since time is super limited after work. Monday I did a 45 yoga DVD in my living room, yesterday I did weights and the elliptical, and today I woke up and got in a good run on the treadmill. Here’s what I did:
- 5 minutes: Warmup at 5.5mph (10:54 pace)
- 5-30 minutes: Run at 6.2 mph (9:40 pace)
- 30-40 minutes: Run at 6.0 mph (10:00pace)
- 40-45 minutes Cooldown at 5.5 mph (10:54 pace)
- Total: 45 minutes, 4.5 miles, 653 calories (according to the treadmill)
I go back and forth between loving/hating the treadmill. Background is that when I first starting running, I did it exclusively on the treadmill. (Full story here). I loved that I could gauge my pace and know exactly when to switch from walking to running during the c25k program. After a few months on the treadmill, I transitioned outside and it was ROUGH at first. I felt like I had lost everything I had gained during my work inside on the treadmill, and really struggled through the first few runs outside. After the first few runs, it got a lot easier, and I started loving outdoor running. In fact, the only indoor running I would do was for intervals since I like to do those by mileage/time and I just find it easier on the treadmill.
Today, when I upped the speed to 6.2 mph (9:40 pace) it felt FAST. I was struggling to keep up at the beginning and then after 25 minutes decided to bring it down to 10:00 miles. When I run outside, a 9:40 pace is comfortable. I don’t feel like I’m pushing myself at all, its just the natural pace I fall into, if not faster sometimes. I had the incline at 1.0, so that may have had something to do with it, but its just strange what a difference in effort running on the treadmill v. running outdoors can be! That said, I did actually really enjoy the run today. I got to watch the Today Show on TV while running so it went by pretty quickly.
After the run, I attempted a breakfast parfait but it got really messy…
So I just ended up pouring it into a bowl for a breakfast mess…
In the mix:
- Nonfat greek yogurt (~1/3 cup)
- Cottage Cheese (~ 2 tbsp)
- Pom Seeds
- Canned Pumpkin
- Chia Seeds
- Rolled Oats
Though not pretty, ‘twas delicious and really satisfying. I was thinking oatmeal, but after I got done all I wanted was something cold.
What are your thoughts on running on the treadmill v. outside? Have you transitioned between them or do you stick with one or the other? Which do you like better?