The Treadmill Post.

The treadmill post.

We all know I effing hate the treadmill.  I don’t like to just go run on the treadmill when I can go outside and run.  I think the mill causes a lot of problems and quite frankly, I’d prefer to cross train my little heart out before using the treadmill.

That, however, doesn’t align with my running goals.  When you live in a place that it is unreasonable and stupid to run outside…you have to do things that maybe aren’t your favorite.

I have run on the treadmill before…it isn’t like I’m a n00b treadmill runner.  I don’t really have the best luck with it though.  You see I have a really weird running form and if you’ve run with me before you know I literally look like a human ostrich.  I run (and walk) for that matter, very far on my toes.  So much so that my shoes with 1000 miles still have almost perfect tread on the heals…I’m not joking.  It isn’t something I purposely do either.

The treadmill is a great tool when the weather is not okay to run outdoors and living in Upstate, NY,  I can almost guarantee you that is all the time in the winter.  I would prefer to run on the treadmill then running outside in the sleet, hail, ice, wind and cold.  Cold I can deal with until about 10 degrees and then adding in the wind chill…no thanks.

Here are some of the things I do when running on the treadmill:

  1. Once I start the button…I don’t normally touch it throughout the entire run.  It normally stays somewhere between 7.0-7.5.  That’s it.  I don’t prefer to go any faster than an 8 minute pace.  I know the treadmill could force me too…but that is exactly what it does…forces you too.
  2. I don’t get off for water breaks.  If I get off for a water break, I generally don’t stop the belt.  Doing that multiple times in a run can allow the belt to run for an extra mile that you are drinking water.  Plus if you find yourself needing 10 water breaks, chances are you are bored or the pace is to fast for you.
  3. I don’t push the pace.  I don’t care…these runs could all be slow and it won’t bother me.
  4. Speaking of pushing the pace, I don’t sprint the last 5 minutes of the workout to cause my overall pace to be 30 seconds faster than the last hour of running.  I don’t care that much and that is just saying, hey moving conveyer belt: here are multiple ways to injure me…do your worst.  My blog isn’t here to impress you with my training or for you to compare yourself to me.
  5. I do watch trashy tv and keep it mindless.

The treadmill doesn’t have to be the worst experience of your life.  It is actually a bit of a softer ground then running on concrete.  What you do have to do though is be a bit smarter with your training as to not promote injuries.

Questions for you:

1.       Do you ever have to run on the treadmill?  (or do you just like too?)

2.       What is your favorite surface to run on?

Black Forest Pancakes (Chocolate Cherry)

These were inspired by one of my twitter friends, Jason.  He posted a comment that he had just created this masterpiece and I knew I had to give it a whirl. Actually, I had no idea the combination of dark chocolate and cherries is called black forest,  which is actually really sad because one of my favorite food combinations ever is chocolate and cherry.  Shows my foodie knowledge…moving on…

Black Forest Pancakes: 

½ cup flour

1 egg

1 tablespoon baking powder

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (dark hersheys is what I chose…and always choose)

½ cup cherries

¼ cup tart cherry juice and ¼ cup milk (depending your liking of consistency)

Or just ½-1 cup milk if you don’t like to cherry bomb


Mix and pour on a griddle or pour in a waffle maker.

*Here is the thing about these.  I have made them without oil and with oil.  I have found the cherry juice really adds enough moisture that the oil tastes funny in there.  (Not something you’d problaby notice) so anyways that is up to you. 

Question for you:  Fill in the blank: Chocolate+_______________ is my favorite combination.  (for me either cherry or orange)

Treadmill Training and Lazies

This workout week has been all over the place as far as running (perhaps), and my core workouts are enough to get by (like college).  Kidding.  Not really though about core workouts because I was just tired, lazy and busy this week and I own that. 

  Core Workout”
Monday: Ab ripper X AM: 10.83 8:25 pace
PM: 45 minutes Cybex 100i
Tuesday: 50 crunches 11.4 miles (8:15)
Wedensday: 50 crunches 7 miles easier (8:34)
Thursday: 50 crunches 11.55 miles (8:15)
Friday: 50 crunches 10.55 miles (8:34)
2 hours elliptical
Saturday: 50 crunches  
Sunday: Ab ripper X 15 miles running (outdoors)
  Core?  Done.  (barely) 65 miles running


I know I complain about the winter and I don’t deny that I hate the winter and I hate the cold.  So I run on the treadmill and don’t complain about it.  I would have ran a 70 mile week completely on the treadmill but then the weekend happened…Saturday I didn’t feel like running outside or inside or really at all. You can see that I’m a little happy clam running on a wheel and watching trashy tv.  I’d rather do that until it’s AT LEAST 30 degrees.  Why 30?  Because we also have a wind tunnel here and I still have a wind rash on my face from running outside last Sunday. 

On Saturday, I just didn’t feel like running.  My body was extremely tired and I was running on nearly empty as far as sleep went…so it was basically an unplanned sleep day.  Pretty sure I slept at least 75% of the day and now typing on this on Sunday, my body feels great.   If I can maintain a 60 mile base until the warmth I think I’ll be relatively happy. Taking Saturday off from running, also ensures I’m not building mileage to quickly.  (at least that is what I tell myself…). 

The other fact of the matter is although I got a shot of cortisone 3 months ago, cortisone generally wears off after three months.  That makes me really anxious because in all honesty, I have no idea if my cyst will come back.  Plus running all of those miles on a treadmill can start a lovely case of plantar fasciitis, which I’m more prone too due to the cyst invading my plantar fascia.  Anyways, enough rambling because I know no one reads this part of the blog, leave a comment with the word righteous if you do.  Needless to say, right now is not the time to be overzealous with miles. It’s the time to start cross training and adding weights though.

As far as core…mentally I’ve been rather drained from work and life (obviously) so I haven’t really been that consistent with it.  I can sit here and do 50 crunches every day (which I might) and although that is keeping the “streak going”, I didn’t intend to that every week.

Cross training has been good…got a few days of that in.  Getting my cross training in, I know will keep my muscles balanced.

Questions  for you:

What was your best workout of the week?

How was your weekend?

Mine was lazy…mostly just slept but I’m all for that.

Mud In Your Eye Cross Country 5k (19:43)

I had mentioned last Sunday that I had done a cross country 5k.  (Did I mention how long the title was? I had actually run this course before (in the summer) and ran a 20:21.  Six months (and a large cyst) later I ran it in 19:45.  All good.  It is a completely cross country course (I ran in spikes). 

I love any excuse to run in spikes.  I’ve been doing most of my runs on as much trail and grass as possible.  I used to believe that pavement was the best and I wouldn’t run on anything else.  It took me a very long time to truly love running on dirt, mud and grass.  Moving on.

I had no idea how this race would go because my blood sugars had been seriously out of whack prior and I hadn’t really been running a lot.  As well as I had two back to back pretty decent 8 mile runs which meant my legs were pretty tired.  Meaning, I just wanted to enjoy myself in the race.  (but when do I not?)

We all lined up on the grassy null behind the prison and were off.  There were a lot of high schoolers at this race because it is a certified high school and collegiate (though not sure if they use it for that) cross country course.  They thrive off this course since they spend a season…or four just running this course over and over again.

Anyways, we all lined up ready to go.  I immediately saw the percentage of high schoolers at the front compared to normal road races.  Such a different crowd, so I knew the competition would be tough.  (then of course the ones that die off after 1k) And the high school age boys…would be…well themselves and slightly creepy.

So with that we started and I was probably pretty far back (maybe 30th?).  I felt pretty strong and started with the hilliest mile at 5:53.  I tend to run my races conservative and would rather be too slow (for me) then too fast die and cry through the race.  I’d rather run 5:5X and not be dead then 5:4X and die…but that could also be a mental block.

When I realized I felt pretty good (which surprised me) I noticed there was one other female in front of me.  So I began my tunnel vision.  So with that, I started to crank out the next two miles (through the mud) with a 6:27 and 6:13 and took over first for females.

I finished chasing after an 11 year old boy (Is that weird to say I’m chasing after someone born in 2002!) but alas I couldn’t catch him.  I’m pleasantly surprised and happy with this race.

Dad and I post race
Dad and I post race (I don’t think I could look more awkward)

Questions for you:

What is your favorite terrain to run on?

How would you feel chasing an 11 year old LOL?

(in his defense he is an incredible athlete and a very sweet kid).

Lemon Pancakes

Lemon Pancakes:

I don’t know what to call these lemon pancakes…

Lemon zest pancakes?

Spirit of the lemon pancakes?

Lemon Squeeze pancakes?

Lemon cheesecake pancakes?

I’m thinking lemon squeeze because how awkward does that sound.

Moving on, I like fresh lemon or lemon flavor a lot.

Not as much as chocolate but it has always been a close second for a favorite pancake of mine.  So the problem with lemon anything (think lemonade) is some people like it tarter than others.

For instance, I enjoy really tart lemonade whereas my brothers both enjoy really sweet lemonade with tons of added sweetener.  So you must first determine…how sweet do you like your lemons?

lemon pancake

Lemon Pancake Ingredients:

2/3 cup flour ( must say-wheat flour tastes weird with this but will work
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 egg or 1/4 cup egg whites
½ cup-1 cup milk depending on consistency. I prefer almond milk to sweeten it a touch
¼ cup lemon juice (Can you tell I like the tart)
Dash of vanilla extract and sweetener depending on your preference

Lemon Pancakes Recipe:

  1. Preheat griddle
  2. Mix all lemon pancake dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  3. Add wet ingredients (including milk and lemon juice) ogether and mix in a separate mixing medium bowl.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  5. Spoon lemon pancake batter on the griddle with a measuring cup.
  6. Cook on the griddle and cook on a skillet over a medium heat (high heat will burn).
  7. When the lemon pancakes begin bubbling, flip and cook on other side.
  8. After you have cooked fluffy pancakes, put on a plate, and add a layer of melted butter, maple syrup, greek yogurt, chocolate chips, or lemon zest.

Like any of my pancake recipes, lemon pancakes are easy and straightforward. Plus if you’re feeling ultra fiesty, you can try lemon yogurt on top of your lemon pancakes! 

lemon pancake made into waffle

Questions for you:

Do you like lemon pancakes? Do you like lemon at all?

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