Let's talk about running on the treadmill. It's not a very fun thing to do. You feel like a hamster, you have to stare at one thing (usually the time ticking away on the clock) for the entire time, and a pace that might feel somewhat moderate while outdoors sometimes feels like an enormous struggle. Up until last week I had the pleasure of going several months without having run on a treadmill. But when that polar vortex came along, it really threw my running routine off; To the point where I hadn't run in almost four days because it was just too damn cold outside.
This time last year, I was in the midst of training for the Hampton's Half Marathon. At the time, my weeks were filled with 8, 9, 10, and even 11-mile workouts. But this year, I have no long-distance fall races planned. I'm giving my legs a nice little rest from any sort of serious racing. I've been devoting a lot of my time to yoga and only running 2 or 3 days per week.
Steady-paced cardio sessions can get real boring, real fast. With intervals, the time flies by faster than a Cookie Monster can down an entire batch of fresh chocolate chip cookies.
Speaking of switching up your cardio routine… Today that is exactly what I did. I mean, I didn’t make any drastic changes, but I did get on the elliptical, which is something I have not done in a very long time. I think I avoid it a lot because I kind of associate it with “non-work.” Like, the elliptical was the machine I went to at the gym in college and just sort of passively spent 20 minutes on so that I wouldn’t have to feel bad about “not going to the gym.” What a great workout plan that was!