Sunday, March 20, 2011

Gettin' Down on the Treadmill

Rain was supposedly on its way today (and has still yet to arrive) so I decided to do my run on the treadmill.  Not that I am afraid of rain, people!  In fact, I love running in the rain.  It’s refreshing and fun.  I come from Chicago.  I have endured it all and have tough skin because of it.  I just wasn’t feeling it today and I wanted to enjoy some TV while I logged my miles.  Yes, the girl without a TV wanted to watch TV.  I am human.

I didn’t have a super long run on the agenda because Chicago Marathon training doesn’t start until June.  This is the first time in awhile that I am not training for anything.  It feels strange but I think I will begin to enjoy the no-pressure runs.  Did I mention I am not running Skyline to Sea?  I start my new job the Monday before the race and can’t ask for time off.  Don’t worry, I was looking for an excuse to get out of it and BINGO!  
The pretty kitty that lives outside of the fitness center.
We thought about taking her home with us but clearly she is loved.  She is fed daily and has a Kitty Condo to stay in with a plush blanket and ocean views.  I think she's living the life.  

So, back to my treadmill run.  The ten miles came and went without much boredom.  I found it bizarre because I am always bored.  My attention span is that of a fly so how did I manage to stay put for almost 90 minutes?  And better yet, how did I stay on the elliptical yesterday for 90 minutes?  Hmm. 

Here are a few things I took away from my indoor weekend workouts . 

3 ways to Make a Treadmill Run Fun 
(for me, anyhow)

  •  Listen to obnoxious dance music.  You know, the kind that makes you gyrate uncontrollably.  When you hear it at a nightclub you instinctively climb into one of those cages and whip your hair back and forth.  Okay, maybe that's just me.  I mentally transport myself to a dance floor somewhere and imagine a cocktail in my hand instead of a water bottle.  It’s fun; trust me.  You just have to find that perfect music. 
  • Watch Women’s Sports.  I hate sports but I find inspiration watching strong women dominate on the tennis court.  Knowing how hard they work (and how great their bodies look) encourages me to keep going and to push harder.
  • Mix it up.  Change the incline and your pace throughout your workout.  It keeps you engaged and breaks up the distance.  I could never last more than a few miles at the same pace.  Total snooze fest.  I would much rather throw in a few faster minutes and hills and maintain a relatively “easy” pace the remainder of the time – this goes for long(er) runs. 
If I had a dollar for every time I wound up with a bloody sock...

Besides my weekend gym sessions, I had a pretty low-key weekend.  I took our poor kitty, Friday, to the vet and 4 hours and $400 later we discovered she has Urinary Tract Disease.  I went home with a bag of meds and special food.  She’s even on a kitty version of Prozac.  I think it’s time to switch vets – this guy talks to me like I am a stupid woman that needs pictures to understand anything.   

Waiting for the Doc like a good girl

On top of Frida’s health issues, Ang has come down with a bug of her own.  She must really love me because she was willing to sit in a noisy bar for 3 ½ hours with me and our friend Sarah.  She downed 2 beers and some delicious vegan fare all the while a fever was coming on and her ears and throat were killing her.  Ang is the definition of a trooper.

Even sick, she's beautiful.

To make it up to her, I ran to the grocery store 7 minutes before it closed to get her soy ice-cream and carob chips to soothe her sore throat.  I also took over cleaning and laundry duties today and if you know me, you know I’d rather hire someone than do it myself.  

Here comes the rain straight from L.A. where all the marathoners had unusually crappy conditions.  Congratulations to all of the finishers! 


  1. Oh wow, what happened to your sock?!

    We had rain all evening here (Windsor - near MI). I would have gone out for a run, but it was COLD rain :(

  2. Good for you to hang for 10 miles on the treadmill! I go bugshit crazy by 3. can't keep my eyes off the clock no matter what I'm watching or listening to. Much rather be on the road, cold, rain, whatever (of course, I'm talking California's version of bad weather).

    Sorry to hear about a rainy LA marathon. You'd think for $150 they could guarantee good weather :-p Actually, one of my most memorable races was a rainy & cold (40 degrees!) LAM in 2000. Wore my trash bag for the whole race (I have my finish line pic to prove it), had hypothermia post race, and finished in 3:33 thanks to a great running partner.

    I'm glad you're taking a break from hard training for a bit. You're going to rest up and come back stronger than ever!

  3. OH, Frida :( Will she be okay after the meds? Aren't you wary sometimes at vets--like your a bad pet parent if you don't buy every supplement, ointment possible? I hope Angela is NOT down and out too long.

    Great treddy tips! I like to play a game with the speed/incline too! Glad you get to run...just to run!! How free-ing!

  4. Yup, my play list for running has music that's totally different than my everyday life. Lady Gaga, Kanye, and Rihanna? On my iPod? What?!?!?

  5. Rained all day here still raining now
    Did long run yesterday !
    What is it with the bloody sock? Your toe ?

  6. I totally was going to do a TM workout today too! I wanted to do some speed work and avoid the torrential downpour (power to the LA runners, it's crazy weather here...still!). For some reason I just couldn't get myself on the machine and took a nap instead with Emmett! But this is totally motivating me to hop on the TM this week while it's gross out. What better way to sneak in some speed work than to have to move to stay on?

    Our kids send Frida wishes for a speedy recovery!

  7. That bloody sock thing is bizarre, maybe you need to run in sandals. Bummer about Skyline, looks like noone from our bloggy world is going.

  8. Bloody sock why?? Obviously I am not working out hard enough if no blood is shed for me.

    I agree about watching women sports while working out. I played tennis all throughout high school, so I enjoy reliving those years and noticing how strong and in shape they are.

  9. So sorry about Ang. I hope she feels better real soon.

    Love the pics of the kittys. So sorry that your kitty is sick!

  10. Poor kitty and poor Ang. And poor you with that vet's bill--they are always a fortune! Wow, way to make the most of 10 on the treadmill. I think 8 is the most I've ever done and I thought I would die!

  11. Aww, that kitty looks exactly like my Mr. Anderson! So precious.

    I have what Ang has. It sucks. :(

  12. I've had two pets with Urinary tract issues. With my cat I just had to change his food. They also wanted to try prozac but I wasn't up for that.

    With my dog, they told me to take a kitchen ladle and try to catch a urine sample while she was out peeing. It was HILARIOUS...but I got my sample :D

  13. A few years ago my cat, C.C., started peeing everywhere but in her litter box. I tried everything, but after a few days it didn't stop so I took her to the vet. She had a urinary tract infection. A round of antibiotics and she was good as new. The doc said she was peeing everywhere because in her goofy little feline mind all she knew was, "Damn, it hurts when I pee there... Let's try it over here!"

    Hope everyone feels better soon!

  14. Sorry to be that cat lady. One post and 2 cat pictures - yikes. I should probably take it easy on the feline talk, huh?

  15. I agree, 100%. I always play dance music and imagine myself in da club! Slash why are you so gorgeous?! And Ang, you two are perf. Since it's rainy it looks like I will be using my treadmill more often than I would like to:(

  16. The good ol' treadmill!!!! I agree with mixing it up...that helps BIG TIME!!! Your poor kitty. The soy ice cream made my stomach growl!

  17. i have never run even ONE mile on a treadmill! i don't really have access to one and i don't feel like i'm missing out. i love running in the rain, too, unless it's a total monsoon.

    sounds like you made the right decision about skyline to sea. if your hearts not in it it's not worth it!!

  18. Your kitty is so pretty! I just "gutted" out a 13 miler on the dread-mill this morning. I love running in the rain too, and it would be inevitable given that I am visiting Oregon. I just didn't want to try to go 13 outside when I don't have good rain gear (I don't need it in Denver).

  19. You're such a sweet girlfriend! (fiance?!) I am the BIGGEST baby when I get sleep, and I'm so blessed that Shane pretty much waits on me hand and foot. Don't know I won such a good one, but I'm keeping him! Haha.

    That's awesome that your treadmill run wasn't boring! I'm the same way, I get bored super easily, so I have to have something to switch it up. Or I go crazy and I'm like, 'Ok, that's good!' after half a mile. Haha.

  20. I meant the biggest baby when I get SICK. Not sleep. ^^

  21. Those are great tips for the treadmill! I'm glad you are able to get back to running without a real schedule for a while. That seems to bring back the love for me.
    I hope your kitty gets better and Angela as well. You're very sweet!

  22. i've been enjoying the treadmill a lot more lately. it's weird, i'm like who am i.

    Hope ang gets well soon!

  23. Hehehe. There are some days Ryan and I run on the treadmill together and we'll both be "dance-running" I bet people think we are.strange. :) The picture of Ang didn't show up for me. :(

  24. Working out is a breeze when I take DynaPep. I feel so powerful and full of energy. I even found this coupon code 10MAR11 that I used at

  25. OUCH on that sock!! I'm trying to love my treadmill, some days I do, somedays I hate it!! Beautiful cat!

  26. You and I could not take more opposite approaches to treadmill running. Oh well, different strokes. BTW, I have been trailing running at Daley Ranch. Freaking beautiful out there.

  27. OOOOOOOOOO I hope kitteh feels okay! <3

    Congrats on the new jobby! What a great way to get out of an event that you weren't really feeling, hehe.

  28. bummer on missing the 50K Skyline to Sea, is anyone among the blogger friends doing it now? haha

  29. Thanks for stopping by my blog and entering my giveaway! Good luck!

    I sure hope everyone in your house starts feeling better soon! Sure was nice of you to take over cleaning duties - I, too, dislike cleaning!

  30. ahhh the bloody sock I know it well

  31. Kate--where are you?! I miss you! How is Frida? Ang?

  32. Stopped in to say hi and see how the new jobby job was coming!

  33. Hope all is well with you and the new job!!

  34. Just checking in to see how you're doing. I hope the new job is good and that is what's keeping you busy!

  35. my husband thinks i'm weird 'cause my socks are always bloody! i'm glad i'm not alone!

  36. There was a flash of drizzle on my ride to work in the morning, but nothing else. If it does rain tomorrow, hopefully it'll happen after my run, while I'm at work! Great job on the 10-miler on the dreadmill!

  37. Next year we'll have a blog revenge at Skyline, ok?!!?? I hope I can run by then.

    I hope the new job is going well and you're happy happy!!

  38. Just checking in to see where you've been lately and ask how the new job is going! Is that what's keeping you away from us lately? If so, I'm sorry but it's gonna have to go. Blogging trumps gainful employment, dontcha know??? :)

  39. I just started my rounds of bloody socks. I must be now entering "the runners club." Yay!

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