Monday, October 15, 2012

The Treadmill: Hate to Love It



I was never a runner and never wanted to be, let's get it straight. Granted, I had to run for soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball and my short stint with tennis, but I never was really into running as a sport. I mean, it's not like I joined cross country or anything, yikes!

However, as I got older and my organized sport days became less and less, I realized I may just have to get used to this whole running idea.... barf. After my first year in college, I started feeling more disgusting by the minute. Eating not so great foods and let’s be honest, drinking daily, was not having the greatest affect on my body or spirit. So, I broke down, I did the unthinkable, used my monthly rations to join a gym. I set out determined to get back to being that athletic beast I was used to being. Having never been a “gym rat”, I was pretty overwhelmed by all the equipment and didn’t even know what an elliptical was. So, I went to what I did recognize, the dreaded treadmill.

While trying to ignore the girls with perfectly styled down do's, prom prepped makeup faces and those catching up with friends via cell phone chats, I found a nice little machine in the corner. I jumped on that thing and just started to run.  Once I had a nice little 6.o pace going and I was starting to feel pretty good.  Well, that feel goodness only lasted about three minutes.  After that first time check all I could do was watch the seconds tick by; hating every bit of it. Keep in mind, when I was going through all this, the iPod was only a whisper in the halls of the Apple offices in Cupertino, not something eeevvvveryone had. So, I brought my super cool disc man and tried to make sure my pounding feet didn’t make the song skip.

I definitely didn’t love it while it was happening, but after each 20-30 minute run, I learned to accept it happening and appreciate the way it made me feel after.. As technology finally changed, I was super thrilled to finally get an iPod; which meant I could now create some rockin' great playlists. I chose a ton of high intensity songs, anything worthy of making me want to dance...on a treadmill that is.

I also needed to get out of clock watch mode, and just get lost in my mind.  With the music pumping, I put a towel over the screen to free myself.. I also decided to make some serious adjustments to my routine I decided to add a little interval training, not only to get keep my body guessing, but to make the time go quicker. I swear, it works!

Fast-forward to today.... I actually look forward to my thrice-weekly treadmill sessions. It is a time for me to get out all my frustration, lose myself in the latest jams and just zone out with a major calorie burn.

My 30 minute routine is as follows:


You can make the intensities meet your current level, or just jog along to your music.  However remember,  you have to get out of that comfort zone to see results.  Nothing worth doing is easy, challenge yourself!




13 comments:

  1. I'm not a fan of running either - but also do it anyways. I do 5 min intervals of running and walking uphill for 20 mins, but I'm def going to try this routine - seems intense!! xo

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    1. Wow, those uphill intervals are killer, great work! As long as you are mixing it up, you are always going to be challenging your body. Thanks for sharing Evoke LA and we loved your post on commitment and making yourself happy! Can't wait to read more!

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  2. Good for you, wishing you much success! Hi...found you on a forum over at SITS...following you now!

    www.prowessandpearls.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Prowess and Pearls! We too wish you much success!

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  3. I only wish a 6 was a jog for me! a 6 is a sprint!

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    1. Dara, the number is not what matters, just that you are pushing yourself. The great part about this workout is that it can totally be tailored to your fitness level. So, with that said, maybe try it out as 6 being the sprint and 4 being the recovery. Please let us know if you try it!

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  4. I'm the same way. I never thought I could run long distances - I do about 5-6 miles now.

    I don't know if I could ever sprint at 10 on the treadmill though - I'd fall off!

    xo Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer, thank you so much for sharing! Doesn't it amaze you what your body can do when your mind isn't holding you back? 5-6 miles, is great!! Sprinting at a ten is quite fast... but the workout is only a guide, change it to match your needs and hit it!

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  5. You are amazing to do this every week! I got to the first "Hit It" bullet point and was done! You're a serious rockstar. Got to say running at 9.5 was intense for me. Can't imagine running at 10!

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    1. Kito, great work! Running uphill is definitely hard and takes it out of you REAAAAL fast. However, making it to the first spring is SUPER impressive. Change the workout as needed and just continue to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Looking forward to hearing of your progress next time and thanks for sharing your experience with us!

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  6. After 3 years of avoiding my apartment complex gym, I have committed myself to trying this interval routine this weekend. I'm going to adjust the levels to my current level (but don't worry I'll still get myself out of my comfort zone!) That treadmill doesn't know what it is in for!

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    1. Leah, thank you for commenting! TW is so happy to hear you are not only getting out of your comfort zone as far as going to your complex gym but also trying a new workout. We can't wait to hear how it goes, but we are positive you are going to KILL it!

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  7. I'm a closet treadmill runner, too. I've tried time and time again to run outdoors, but I just can't get into it. But I like the treadmill for all the reasons you said - it's a time for me to zone out, listen to music, be one with my thoughts, and on top of that it's a great calorie burn. Running tones me up faster than any other exercise.

    As the wife of a 7x marathoner, I've always been slightly ashamed of my status as a treadmill runner. So, thanks for essentially saying, "Hey, it's OK!" :)

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