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Incline Workout & Big News

February 3, 2012

So guess what I did on Wednesday!



Went skydiving?

No, I wish!



Got some Fro Yo?

Very sadly, no.



Quit law school to move to the Bahamas?

Haha, nope!



Can’t guess? Okay, I’ll tell you.

This happened:


I registered for the Chicago Marathon!!!!

I’m like, super duper excited. I’ve been telling people that I plan on running it for a month now (it’s even in my 2012 goals!) but to actually register and pay my $150 makes it all so much more real. THIS. IS. HAPPENING.

I’m going to run a MARATHON. Yep, me.

Ask anyone who knew me from high school and before, or even college for that matter, whether Katie would be a marathon runner. They’d probably laugh. I would have laughed and said, who would want to torture themselves like that!?!?

Well, now I’m one of those crazy people. For the past two years I have watched the Chicago marathon. The first year I thought, wouldn’t that be so cool? Too bad that’s just not for me…

This past year I thought, would it be crazy? I don’t know, I’ll think about it… Maybe.

Well, maybe isn’t good enough anymore. I’m committing, 100%. Hold me accountable because I am running that marathon, and I could use all the support I can get! I am soooo excited and completely freaked out all at the same time! But so excited. So very excited. YAY!


Haha, okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, it’s time to talk inclines. I recently discovered that many other people set the incline on their treadmill to 1.0 to do any treadmill run. Is this normal!?!? I had no idea that people do this, am I being a lazy butt leaving mine at 0.0?

Aaaaanyway. Since I found out I am apparently incline inadequate, I thought I would give inclines a try. I designed this 4 mile incline workout for newbies like me, who are used to our 0.0 status…

Incline Workout for Beginners:

I started out at 6.5 for the first half mile, and then slowly upped my speed until I was at 7.0 for the last mile. Feel free to use any speed that fits you best. As you can see, every other quarter mile I raised the incline, and then lowered it for the next quarter mile to recover.



0.0 – 0.25


0.25 – 0.50


0.50 – 0.75


0.75 – 1.00


1.00 – 1.25


1.25 – 1.50


1.50 – 1.75


1.75 – 2.00


2.00 – 2.25


2.25 – 2.50


2.50 – 2.75


2.75 – 3.00


3.00 – 3.25


3.25 – 3.50


3.50 – 3.75


3.75 – 4.00



Inclines were definitely tougher than I thought they would be! It really got my heart rate going, which was good but made me realize I need to do them more often! I’ve just never thought to do inclines because here in Chicago, everything is flat! I have done my fair share of hill running in Kansas City and Colorado, but I guess it just seems more painful on a treadmill! Haha.


Who sets their treadmill to a 1.0 for a regular treadmill run? Am I completely out of the loop!?

What is something you’ve done recently that’s exciting/scary!?!?

39 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2012 9:43 am

    Oh that is awesome!!! I usually do .5 incline on treadmill (I had leg surgery). I feel it gives a little toning boost 🙂 Good luck!

  2. rachel s permalink
    February 3, 2012 9:55 am

    Woo! Way to go! I signed up too! Incline really adds so much to a treadmill workout, and definitely can push you an extra bit.

    On a random side, I stumbled across your blog about a month ago, and I am a fellow Chi-living girl from KC.

    • February 3, 2012 11:33 am

      Really!?!? That’s so cool! Haha I love finding out people are from KC!

      • rachel s permalink
        February 3, 2012 2:59 pm

        Yes, agreed! When you wrote about going to Urban Table, I was like no wayy. Small world.

        • February 3, 2012 6:30 pm

          Oh so you’e been there!? Cool! I have a bunch of KC restaurant reviews on my review page, there are a lot of good places!

  3. February 3, 2012 10:02 am

    Haha, nope I also just leave it at 0 incline and its never bothered me! I some times add bigger inclines if to act like higher intensity intervals like you have but that’s it. Great news on the marathon!

  4. February 3, 2012 10:19 am

    I usually do set mine for 1.0 – just because I feel like it mimics the natural inclines of the outdoors better!

  5. February 3, 2012 10:39 am

    WOOT!!! congratulations on registering for your first marathon girl!! that’s so exciting. 🙂 i just registered for my first half last night!

    i try to set the treadmill to an incline of .5 or 1 because i’ve heard it makes it seem more like outside.

  6. February 3, 2012 10:55 am

    Congratulations!! That is so exciting! I want to run the Chicago someday – it seems so much fun. Unfortunately I don’t have the money this year and have a wedding to go to that weekend. Maybe next year!

    I always WISH I could put my treadmill back down to 0.0! Mine doesn’t go any lower than 1.5. It does always seem to make it a little easier to run outside when I’ve been running on the treadmill a lot!

    • February 3, 2012 11:35 am

      Haha that’s my problem with most of the races I want to run, I can’t afford it! I have to be very picky!

  7. February 3, 2012 11:42 am

    That’s so exciting! Good luck with your training!

  8. February 3, 2012 11:47 am

    Hey Katie – and ello from the other side of Lake Michigan! I just stumbled across your blog searching for NROWLF stuff (I just started this week!) – can’t wait to read more! Congrats on registering for the CM!

    • February 3, 2012 6:27 pm

      Thanks Mindy! And good luck with NROLFW! I’m enjoying it so far, about to start stage 3!

  9. February 3, 2012 1:03 pm

    Congrats on the marathon! I always set the treadmill to 1.0 incline. Sometimes 2.0 to increase the difficulty. It helps with shin splints too.

  10. February 3, 2012 1:21 pm

    Congrats on Chicago!

  11. February 3, 2012 2:16 pm

    Yaaaaaaaaay so exciting! I just signed up for a 10 miler myself! Half marathon (my first ever!) is next!

    • February 3, 2012 6:29 pm

      I ran a 10 miler in November, and now I’m doing my first half in April! Maybe a marathon is in the future for you too!

  12. February 3, 2012 5:31 pm

    Ahhh! So exciting, I registered too. 🙂

  13. February 3, 2012 6:43 pm

    Wow, you’re a rockstar! 🙂

  14. February 3, 2012 7:13 pm

    Yaaay! I can’t wait to cheer you on!

  15. February 3, 2012 7:31 pm

    Wow congratulations on the decision! I can’t wait to hear about your thoughts on training and how everything is going 🙂

  16. Liz permalink
    February 3, 2012 10:57 pm

    That’s awesome Katie!!!! Congrats!

  17. February 3, 2012 11:59 pm

    Soooo exciting, Katie – You are going to ROCK it!

  18. Smore permalink
    February 4, 2012 9:04 am

    Soo exciting!!! I ran the chicago marathon last year and it was by far the BEST experience of my life. You are going to have a fantastic time!

  19. February 4, 2012 4:32 pm

    Yay! Definitely feel the same way about registering scary, but exciting! 🙂

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