Last night I was reading about some things runners should do before they start training for a marathon, and it said to take pictures of your feet because they won’t look the same. After some additional research as to why runners lose toenails or have black ones (eewwww), I gave myself a pedicure last night and was very thankful that my shoes seem to fit my foot perfectly during a run (toes aren’t hitting the top or moving around)…that is something about being a runner that I sincerely hope to avoid!
I wasn’t too hungry when I woke up this morning, so I just had a couple spoonfuls of some leftover soup and headed to the gym. Today I completed my treadmill hill repeats workout, but I made the intervals 2 minutes a piece, did 3 rounds instead of 5 and decreased the incline to 8%. It was very challenging!
I find it so much easier to do 1 minute intervals or less, once I see the first 60 seconds gone and know there are more, I seem to make myself feel like it is harder than it actually is. It is for this reason that I find running on the treadmill to be so much harder than running outside; inside, there is nothing to look at (TV doesn’t do it for me) and I am mentally bored so I start thinking more time/distance must have passed than I think, but to no avail! Running outside may be more physically challenging, but in my opinion, the mental stimulation makes it so much more fun (dare I say easier). For me the mental fatigue of the treadmill is brutal. I can run 11 miles outside, but have only done 4 on a treadmill.
Unfortunately for me I will probably have to run my long run this week on the treadmill since I will be at home in NJ and my town is soooo hilly and there are no straight streets or sidewalks around my house…I am sure going to miss NYC!
Well, after my run, I did some assisted pullups and went down to the weight room for some back and biceps training. I always find it amazing that after running/spinning even my upper body is weaker with weights, don’t even mention legs! For breakfast I combined some frozen veggies (carrots, corn, green beans, peas) with some mircrowaved egg whites. Topped with some salsa and a slice of Ezekiel bread–yum!
I have classes until a little after 8. After that, my mom will be picking me up at Columbia (after getting my brother from Hofstra) to go home to NJ. It is sure going to be weird…haven’t been home in almost 3 months! Luckily, the gas came back on in the building so I was able to do my laundry right after breakfast. I am going to heat up a wrap and get to packing, which is going to be torture!
Happy Thanksgiving Eve!
Are you traveling for Thanksgiving?
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