How I conquered the treadmill

I’m not sure when it happened – or how – but I’ve come to appreciate the treadmill. And embrace it.

I was dreading my last long run because of how poorly some of my recent runs have been outside in the heat. After a fantastic weekend of camping and relaxation, I decided that I’d get my ten miles in Monday afternoon and I’d do them on the treadmill. I think it was around mile eight that I thought to myself “holy s*** I’m going to do this!” I felt really great the entire time and watched the Ellen Show and the evening news to keep me entertained. I realized that I’ve also come to appreciate being able to pace myself so easily.

While camping this weekend, my husband and I explored the Root River Trail in Lanesboro by taking a ~16 mile bike ride. Although it was HOT out, it was such an awesome ride. The trail is 43 total miles and connects 4-5 towns and is paved the entire way. And EVERYONE that is out riding on the trail is like, super happy. Every single person we encountered said “hello” and had a smile on their face. So awesome.

*the lovely view on our bike ride*

*we stopped for some mini-golf*

*I build awesome fires.*

*Brought the pup along for his first camping trip!*

It’s officially triathlon week. And I’m feeling…..anxious about it. I still haven’t gotten an open water swim in, practiced my transitions, done enough biking (or bricks, for that matter) or anything really that I’m “supposed” to do in preparation for a tri.

I’m feeling pretty good about marathon training, however. The only things that really freak me out is the possibility of getting injured between now and race day and how I’m going to get my really long runs in with our busy schedules this summer and fall. I’m actually thinking of skipping our annual cabin trip with our friends because it falls on the weekend of the big 20 mile race that a lot of people do here.

In addition to the triathlon on Sunday, I’m racing the Torchlight Run 5K this Wednesday! (recognize anyone on the website?) I’ve run this for the past four years (except last year when it was canceled due to heat and then I had plans on the day it was rescheduled). I love this fun run, it’s part of the annual Aquatennial celebration and they shut down the streets in downtown Minneapolis for the race. There is lots of crowd support along the entire course and beer at the finish line!

Hope everyone is having a great week!

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4 thoughts on “How I conquered the treadmill

  1. Kudos to you for running 10 miles on the treadmill. I think the most I’ve done is maybe 5. But, I think Al Roker said that if you are in the Twin Cities area, might as well head to the Mall and hang out because it’s too hot to do anything else there, so I don’t blame you!

    And I totally scheduled my friend’s bachelorette and bridal shower during my “shorter” long run weekends! You gotta do what you’ve gotta do!

    1. Prior to this the longest I had done on the TM was 6. It’s amazing what the heat can make you do 🙂

      Very smart to schedule around your shorter long runs! I should have done more of that!

  2. You’re a rock star for running that far on the dreadmill! Nick work 🙂

    Your camping weekend sounded absolutely perfect. And, there truly is no better way to explore a new area than by bike (or running)! I’ve heard good things about the Root River Trail… may have to take a trip down there!

    Don’t worry… I know you’ll do awesome this weekend as Chisago! What time does the sprint start? Also, good luck tonight in the Torchlight 5K! Hopefully the rain holds off!

    1. Thank you, Erin!

      You definitely need to check it out. You and Nick would have a blast 🙂 Next time we’re going to go tubing and stuff too.

      The sprint and half both start at 7, but it looks like the half goes out first!! Can’t wait to see you.

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