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Surviving The Treadmill Run

The ice storm that was dumped on Tennessee last week pretty much shut the state down.  Schools closed, businesses closed, government offices closed – mail delivery even stopped.  Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night  apparently didn’t include ice storms!  Luckily, as the roads began to thaw, many gyms offered limited hours.  We all have had cabin fever but I was luckily enough to hit the Y during its four hour open window to get in a run.  I hate running on the dreadmill but unfortunately when faced with treadmill vs. fall on the ice and possibly break a hip, I will take the dreaded treadmill every time.

The trick to surviving a treadmill run is to avoid boredom.  I know, I know, much easier said than done but hopefully these tips will help!

 

Have some good running tunes

Cranking up the tunes can help drown out the sounds of the gym and possibly pump you up to run faster.  Running faster = less time on the dreadmill.

 

Mix up the workout

I find running on the treadmill is much more enjoyable if I have something to keep my brain active.  I use my dreadmill time to do hill repeats, ladder workouts, or speed intervals.  Thinking about what is coming next keeps me from thinking about how long I have been running nowhere.

 

The dreaded long run

I have a friend who ran 16 miles on a treadmill this weekend because outside conditions were too dangerous to run in (running on an inch of solid ice is more ice skating than running anyway).  First of all, she is way cooler than me!  I could never make it that far.  8 miles has been my limit so far, but if you must go long, have a plan to keep you from going completely nutso!  If you can read on the treadmill, try a good book (or audiobook if you can’t), put on a movie, or my favorite (and the plan that got me through 8 miles) is make a game of it.  If you have to do 15 miles at the gym, do five miles and switch to another treadmill.  Do 5 more and then switch again.  This technique gives you both a change of scenery and a sneaky way to bypass the gym’s time limit rule!

 

When all else fails, suck it up and know that in a few months it will be sunny and warm, and we will be complaining about the heat – Hey! You gotta have something to complain about!

 

How do you survive the dreadmill?

What is the longest distance you have ever done?

Hot Chocolate 5K

119.5 down 1,894.5 to go

Hot Chocolate Banner

The Hot Chocolate Race is a chocolate lovers dream come true!  They offer both a 15K and a 5K option and hook you up with some serious swag!

hc travel hc hoodie

After you finish, you go get in line here:

finisher mug stand

And you get this!

hot chocolate finisher mug

First of all, let me start by saying, I am receiving nothing from The Hot Chocolate run for this post.  They don’t even know who the heck I am!  This was a totally awesome and well run race and I think everyone should know about it!

The morning of the race it was freezing!  I don’t rember the exact temperature but I do know that I was wearing two pairs of tights, three shirts, a wind breaker, wool socks, two pair of gloves, a hat, an ear warmer, a buff, and I was still freezing!

You are assigned a corral for the start of the race based on your pace.  Now, I know that this happens in lots of races, but the Hot Chocolate race crew were actually checking bibs to make sure runners didn’t end up in the wrong corral.  When a runner from corral E tried to get into corral B they were very politely directed to the proper corral.

The race started on time, you didn’t have to weave in and out of slower runners (because the corrals were so well policed), and even the volunteers who were working the water stops were being very careful not to have any spills (since the water would instantly turn into ice) and can I just say, anyone who volunteers to work a water station while the temperature is in the teens is a saint in my book!  Because of the temperature, there were several icy patches along the race course but the race officials had gone through before the start and marked each and every one with orange pylon cones.

The finisher mug line was run even more smoothly than the start.  The entire finsher mug tent was fenced off and runners waited in mini corrals to go through the line.  Once you reached the front, you traded your bib tag for a finsher mug (pre-filled with goodies) and went back out the other side of the corral.  Runners were not allowed in the tent at all.  I think this is a great thing!  I am now a back of the middle of the pack runner but I started at the back of the pack and I can recall many times that by the time I reached the finish line and  made it over to the area where all of the chocolate milk, bagles, etc. were located, they were all gone because some of the faster runners took more than one…I still get irritated when I see people take more than one chocolate milk when I know there are still runners out on the course….but now I digress.

and of course, breakfast with the girls after the run:

bfast after hot chocolate

All in all, The Hot Chocolate Run rocks and if you are a chocoholic like me you should check it out!

This Week:

Monday – Rest

Tuesday – 1.25 miles with Moose

Wednesday – 3.75 Treadmill miles

Thursday – 2.25 mile fartlek

Friday – Rest

Saturday – Hot Chocolate 5K+ 7 slow miles

Sunday – 3 miles with Moose