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January 28, 2012

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a good weekend! Since I have a Dr’s appointment this morning out in the ‘burbs and I have plans this afternoon, I knew that Saturday was just not going to work for my long run. I decided just to bang it out on Friday morning instead!

I considered waiting until the afternoon and running outside, since the weather said it would get up to about 40, however I really like getting my runs done in the morning, so I decided to take it to the treadmill!

I know most of you are cringing right now, but I actually enjoy doing these runs on the treadmill! Granted, I’d probably shoot myself if it was just a treadmill in my apartment or something, but being in the gym is great because all the people watching is such a distraction! Plus, I can control my pace and not be constantly checking my Garmin to see how I’m doing.

Oh, and there’s no wind in my face, my fingers don’t go numb, and snot does not drip out of my nose. Yes, I’m sure you wanted to know that.

Aaaaaanyway, I got up and started the morning with plenty of water, some coffee and a simple bowl of oats: 1/3 cup oats, 1/2 banana, 1/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup water, cinnamon and 1 T almond butter added at the end. And I microwaved it. Getting so lazy…

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I was actually really nervous about the run: I had some serious butterflies in my stomach! Why? well 1) it was the furthest I’d ever run, 11 miles! and 2) my IT band and my knees were bothering me a bit just walking. I was so afraid they were going to hurt and I’d have to end my run early. I REALLY wanted to reach this goal of 11 miles!

Well, it turns out that my IT band was just fine and I kicked that run’s ass!!!

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I finished the 11 miles in 1 hour, 40 minutes and 27 seconds for an average pace of 9:07!!!! The run was actually a bit fast for me, probably because I didn’t realize how fast my overall pace was… I thought it would average out to be slower so I was trying to push a little harder. I actually sprinted the last mile! Haha that was more adrenaline than anything though, I was ready to kill it, and ready to be done!

When I got back, I knew I wouldn’t be super hungry, but I also knew I needed to get something in my system to help my muscles! I threw together a smoothie of 1 cup coconut almond milk, 1/2 frozen banana, a handful of spinach and some stevia. It. Was. Delicious. I actually stuck that straw in the bottom of the blender to make sure I got it all… Yep. That happened.

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Do you like the tumbler? It was a gift from my friend! Thanks Hadley!

After some knee-icing and resting, I decided I needed to get out of my apartment, so I headed to Argo Tea. Want to know my favorite thing about this place (other than all their amazingly creative drink options…)? THEY HAVE ALMOND MILK.

I have literally called every single coffee shop anywhere near where I live and NO ONE but Argo Tea has almond milk as a milk option! Come on, Starbucks. Let’s work on this.

I actually didn’t even end up getting a drink requiring milk, I was too intrigued by one of their tea options: Fruit Sangria! (An infusion of hibiscus petals, dried fruits and rosehips.)

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It was very fruity and delicious, exactly what I was craving!

What I love about Argo tea is their HUGE tea selection! It’s so cool to see along the wall! You can choose from their already brewed teas, or you can pick one off the wall and they will brew it for you!

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It was definitely nice to get out, especially on such a sunny day! It’s actually supposed to rain/snow tonight, so we’re lucky it was sunny today!

Also, an update on Molly: her surgery went well but… she’s a bit traumatized. I went over to visit and she just stood there and kept falling asleep standing up. Any suggestions on how to help your dog lay down without being in pain?!? Poor thing… Hopefully she’ll be feeling better today.


How do you feel about treadmill running?

What’s your favorite pre-workout or post-workout snack?

31 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2012 7:30 am

    Poor puppy! Didn’t they give her any medicine or numb the area? Luckily Charlie likes to show off his manhood ( or lack thereof) and frequently lays on his back like a person. She’ll probably feel better today! We actually got Charlie the day after he had his surgery and he was good to go.

    • January 28, 2012 7:57 am

      Apparently she was drugged up, but still looked like she was in so much pain! I’ll see her a little later this morning, so I’m hoping she’ll be doing better!

  2. January 28, 2012 7:53 am

    I love treadmill running during the winter… Hate the boredom though


  3. January 28, 2012 9:05 am

    Well done that is awesome! I can’t imagine doing 11 miles on the tread! I don’t mind the old treadmill, I feel the cold so badly I’d much rather be indoors than running outside. I also like that you can control your pace better too!

  4. January 28, 2012 9:39 am

    I try and coordinate workouts around meals, so ideally postworkout, I’m eating lunch or dinner! haha

    • January 28, 2012 12:52 pm

      That’s a good way to do it! IF i workout in the afternoon, I make sure to do it right before dinner!

  5. Sata permalink
    January 28, 2012 9:50 am

    I totally remember the first time I completed a really long run. So exciting! I am a treadmill runner and usually do my long runs on a treadmill. In fact, my PR for a half marathon was made after training only on a treadmill, and it was a pretty good time (1hr 38 min or so). Congrats on your longest run! 🙂

    • Sara permalink
      January 28, 2012 9:51 am

      Sorry my name should have been Sara, not Sata. Autocorrect…ugh!! Haha

    • January 28, 2012 12:52 pm

      Awesome PR time!!! Haha my goal is under 2 hours!

  6. January 28, 2012 9:57 am

    Yay for your PDR!

    I don’t really like the treadmill but its so convenient during Chicago’s nasty winters! Plus I’m a morning runner but I don’t like running in the dark, cold, snow, etc.

    I’m glad Molly’s surgery went well but poor puppy!

  7. January 28, 2012 10:43 am

    woot!! way to go on your run girl! that must feel SO good! have a great weekend my friend! 🙂

  8. January 28, 2012 11:23 am

    I don’t mind running on the treadmill if I have something to entertain me (tv or podcast). However, the treadmills at my gym only let you run for an hour so I can only get 7 miles in before it slows down and I have to restart. It feels silly to stop just to start running again so when I can I run outside.

    • January 28, 2012 12:53 pm

      Yea, mine restarts at 60 minutes. I use the break to eat some GU Chomps and switch water bottles, then start back up!

  9. January 28, 2012 1:50 pm

    CONGRATS on the PDR!!! 11 miles!?!! WOW, girl. You rocked that 🙂

    I understand the like of running on a treadmill–it’s all about control, baby. hehe

  10. January 28, 2012 6:50 pm

    Congrats on such an amazing run!!! I just finished my first 10 miler and it took me 1:35 minutes. Hardest thing ever!

  11. January 29, 2012 10:43 am

    Argo Tea is pretty much my version of HEAVEN! I wish we had one here!

  12. January 29, 2012 6:33 pm

    Dang, awesome job!! That’s a SPEEDY pace for that long a run!

    • January 29, 2012 9:40 pm

      Thanks, Mary! Haha, I didn’t realize my overall pace would come out so fast, I was trying to average it out to be slower but I mis-calculated!

  13. January 29, 2012 6:56 pm

    Woot woot! Nice job, lady! And I love Nike quotes:)

  14. January 29, 2012 10:56 pm

    Awww poor puppy 😦

    That recovery drink sounds delicious!!! And nice job on the running time! I’m impressed!!!

    • January 30, 2012 10:09 am

      Thanks! and the drink was delicious! Haha I actually stuck the straw in the blender to get it all…

  15. January 30, 2012 6:15 am

    Wowzer! Good job 🙂

    I don’t LOVE the treadmill…I’d rather embrace the chilly and get outside instead (and this winter has been OK for me, but now that I’m injured and it’s starting to snow more I guess I just timed this well).

    My fav post workout snack is a green smoothie! Yum. 🙂

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