My kids woke up to a spread of candy at their seats at the table and they each had a love note from me (it took a long time to write 12 notes!!) They were all excited to wear their pink and red clothes and to bring their Valentine's to school for their friends. Should be a fun day for everyone! Josh and I had our date over the weekend so we aren't doing anything special today, but he is the love of my life and I am so grateful that he is my Valentine today and everyday.
I did a quick three mile run and then my strength training this morning. My inner ankles were still sore but no worse (and I think maybe slightly better than yesterday). I am sitting here with a bag of frozen corn on each ankle to ice. :)
Ok, so today's topic is treadmills. Here are a couple of treadmill related questions from readers...
On the 'mill, what do you do with the incline? Also, how are you liking your mill, now?
For those that are newer to this blog, just over a month ago I uh.... ummmm....accidentally bought a treadmill (really!) I have to say that I am really, really liking it. My new Nordictrack is running perfectly. I love the built in speakers (no headphones required!) and the built in fan. The belt is longer and wider than my old treadmill which is nice, and it runs SO so smoothly, even at fast speeds. It is nice not having to worry about it stopping, jerking or throwing me off. :)
|Here I am on the new 'mill|
And while we are on the subject, how do you feel about treadmills? Love them? Hate them? Can't live without them?
I admit to having a love-hate relationship with mine. If given the choice I would always choose running outside, but here are my pros and cons.
- I can run even when the roads are an ice skating rink or the temps are below 0.
- I can run even when Josh is gone and my big kids are at school and I am home with the little ones.
- The bathroom is always very close by.
- No cars
- The kids can still "need me", the phone still rings, people still come to the door, etc. so it is the not the same emotional freedom of being gone for a run outside.
- It just feels harder
- Did I mention boring?
So, I love my treadmill because it ensures that I can always get my runs in no matter what the weather or our schedule entails. But beyond that, I kind of hate it because I swear every mile feels twice as long on the treadmill.
And I know that "they" (whoever "they" are) say that running on a treadmill is easier and that you probably won't be able to run as fast outside as you can on a treadmill, but I find the opposite to be true. When I run outside it feels so much easier to me than the treadmill and my paces come so much faster and easier. Anyone else or I am just weird??
I usually do the majority of my running on the treadmill in December, January and February, although I try to get my weekend runs done outside whenever I can. Somewhere in March I will start getting up early early and getting my runs done outside every day again. Once I start that I probably won't use the treadmill except for the rare occasion until the winter again.
How about you? Do you run on a treadmill regularly? Love it? Hate it? What are your pros and cons?
Happy Valentine's Day everyone! And remember, you have until Friday morning to enter my giveaway for $55!