Those days you wish you had a treadmill

Today started out with freezing rain and sleet and I started out my day with day 9 of Jillian’s 30 day shred level 1. Are you getting tired of me saying that, yet? I’m getting tired of saying it, but not tired of doing the workout. I’ve heard people say they get bored of the shred workouts, but I actually really like knowing exactly what I’m going to be doing during the workout. I’m a strange breed of runner that prefers an out and back course to a loop, so that I know what to expect the second half of the race. I also will run the same route over and over without ever getting tired of it. Yet I despise the treadmill….

However, today was one of those days I actually wished I had a treadmill, because it was just so gross outside. Around mid-morning the temperature crept up to 35 degrees and the freezing rain switched to just plain old cold rain. You know that kind that chills you to the bone? It had taperd off to a drizzle by this evening after work, so I gave myself a pep talk (and by that I mean I told myself to suck it up buttercup, don’t be a wimp) and drove to the bike trail in town. I had 5 miles on the schedule and that’s what I was going to do.

I ended up making it a tempo run, so I did 1 mile warm-up, 3 miles at 9:18 pace, and then 1 mile cool down. Today 9:18 was my “fast” tempo pace. It felt like a hard effort and I felt like I was barely hanging on during some of the inclines, so I’ll take it. I really have no clue what my tempo pace should be at this point. I should probably consult Mr. McMillan about that at some point. I was glad I got out there and did this run as it ended up warming up to 38 degrees and was only misting during my run.

On the way home I swung by the library and picked up book #2 in the Joe Pickett series by C.J. Box. The first book was a real page turner (why does that sound so cliche?) so I’m looking forward to reading the second one.

Not actually about running, as far as I know.

Have you read any suspenseful books lately?

Do you still run outside when the weather is less than ideal?

Treadmill: love it or hate it??

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  1. haaattteeee them. with a fiery passion. I would so much rather head out in the rain and if it’s really THAT bad outside, I would rather just sit on my couch, ha. No good books lately. I made my way through the Game of Thrones/Song of Fire and Ice series and was thinking of picking up Divergent here soon.

    1. I’m right there with you! If it’s that bad outside I’ll either XT or just make it a rest day 🙂 I’ve herad of the Game of Thrones series, but haven’t read any of them. Did you like that series?

  2. Did you blog about the first book? I am always in the market for a good read. Why did you like it so much?
    I do not like the treadmill (notice I didn’t say “hate” 🙂 ). 98% of the time I will tolerate any and all weather to avoid it.

    1. I talked about it a little bit here: http://turkeyrunner.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-good-book-and-some-more-jillian.html

      I liked it because it was a mystery and got very suspensful during the second half of the book. It’s actually about a game warden working in Wymonig, which usually wouldn’t be the kind of book I’d read, but I was on the edge of my seat with this one!

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