Treadmill Training (70 miles)

I can’t tell you this was an exciting week.  I got what I needed to get done and left it at that.  Despite the cold I was able to run, I just had to run on the treadmill.  I honestly don’t mind the treadmill because not only can I watch TV but I can also do workouts I can’t outside (read: I can run artificial hills).

Monday: 12.2 miles untimed outdoors in the freezing rain
Tuesday: Treadmill 11.4 8:30 pace
Wednesday: Treadmill 11.1 8:33 pace and P90x core
Thursday: Treadmill 11.35 Hill workout 8:48 pace
Friday: Easy AMT cross train
Saturday: Easy 12 with Tim in the State Park
Sunday Freehold 5k Winter Series
Total 70


I started the week off on the wrong foot.  I ran outdoors in the pouring rain because I knew I wouldn’t be able to run outside for a few days (and hadn’t been able to for the previous few days).  Unfortunately I got sucked into a swampy mud hole and fell on my face.  I got cut up pretty badly as well and bruised my arm.  (I fell and landed on my arm).  At first I panicked that I had broken it (like when I got hit by a cyclist) but then I realized I didn’t.  It took a few days to feel 100% fine.  My basic knowledge base says it was a bruise and I was over reacting. (but with my luck I probably should over react every single time).

Tuesday and Wednesday were very similar runs on the treadmill.  I always start off with a 6.7 pace on the treadmill and progress from there.  (Normally to around 7.0 with the last five minutes I try and push at 8.5).  I don’t really have a set treadmill time, I just spent 90 or so minutes.  If I feel good, I make the treadmill go faster…if I don’t feel good I make the treadmill go slower.  I run in most simple terms.

Then Thursday I decided to do the “Mountain Peaks” workout on the treadmill.  I had been going back and forth between a speed workout or hills but decided ultimately with hills.  It climbs two mountains starting at a 1.0 incline and progressing to 9.0.  I can only do this workout for 45 minutes at a 6.7 pace (and I’m sweating bullets) but I hope to work up to more eventually.

Here is a summary of how I looked and felt running.  It’s hard.


Saturday was a typical shakeout run with Tim in the park and who knows what today (Sunday) will hold at the 5k.  I do know it doesn’t hold a PR.

So there is summary is my week.  I’m happy with all my runs and felt decent doing them.  My plans next week are to do roughly the same thing.  Around 70 miles with speed and hills seems to be working well for me right now.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite treadmill workout?

What was your best workout of the week? 


Hollie Jollie Christmas Part 2

This year was my first Christmas spent away from my parents.  It was a big change but they are actually coming up to visit this week to see our new house so I’m excited about that. 

Since Tim’s birthday was on Saturday, we drove over (neither up nor down…just straight across) to PA on Friday afternoon.  We were lucky he had from Friday afternoon to Thursday am off.  (He has to work today).   Anyways we drove to his parent’s house and I always enjoy seeing them and his entire family.  I’m so lucky they are a part of my life as well as his whole family is so caring and welcoming!

He seemed to have a good birthday on Saturday.  We relaxed, hung out, went for a nice (hilly) run and went to a Japanese hibachi/steak house called Aki.  It was good though I was disappointed (I don’t think he was) that people didn’t come obnoxiously sing happy birthday.  They did give him a piece of cheesecake though with a candle.


We spent the next few days preparing for Christmas.  Not doing too much but wrapping presents, going for multiple hilly runs and just hanging out.

At the top of a 1000 foot climb
At the top of a 1000 foot climb

We went for some mountain and hilly runs.  I had a very productive week of running while on vacation.  All of our training runs were filled with hills.  Today is a well deserved rest day.


We sat and drank eggnog in front of the fire.

On Christmas Eve, we all decided to go to White tail mountain for some skiing.  By we, I mean Tim and his father went skiing and his mom and I watched and drank starbucks.  Lord knows I’m clumsy without two sticks attached my feet.  It was a lot of fun watching and hanging out and a great way to spend Christmas Eve.


Christmas was spent enjoying time and being together.  Tim’s sister has recently had a baby and they came over.  She is too adorable.  Speaking of awesome, look at what Tim’s sister made both Tim and I.  How cool are these coffee mugs?

I actually wrote this post in the car ride back to NJ and then posted it when I got home…look at me go using my time wisely.

Questions for you:

How has your Holiday season been?

Was Santa good to you this year?