High Five Friday

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Happy High Five Friday!

Remember last week when I was loving/complaining about all the snow we were getting dumped with?  What a difference a week makes!  It’s been an absolute gorgeous week with temps in the 50s and 60s.  I love winter but I’ve got some serious spring fever right now!

5 from Instagram – I share more pics on Instagram.  Are you following me?  Please do!

1 ) Winter warrior.  How was this just a week ago?

2 ) I’m usually a solid legging kind of girl.  I decided to get out of my comfort zone and get crazy with a print.  I’m so glad I did!  These capri’s (which are more like legging length for me) are awesome.  The print is so cute and they are the perfect legging for yoga.  I’ll be sharing more of the new prAna spring line soon.  FYI – you can get 15% off your order from prAna.com with code S4P17HFM at checkout!

3 ) Snowshoe racing aka slogging with tennis racquets strapped to your feet.

4 ) The sunrise and sunsets have been on point this week.

5 ) Chillin’ in our backyard igloo that we Ron made. :)

5 Things

1 ) Fitness Charities to Inspire You – Love this list from Carly.  I know since the election, I’ve felt the need to donate more and just plain DO more for good causes.  If you want to help out a fitness philanthropy that empowers, inspires and improves the lives of children, disabled athletes and US veterans through running and fitness, this list is for you!

2 ) What Happened When I Started Meditating Before Each Run – Can I see a raise of hands of how many people say they would like to meditate more?  My hand is raised high as I’m sure it is for the majority of you. Running is like a moving meditation for me so do I really need to meditate before I run? Apparently -> “I slowed down in my mind but my legs kept their pace.”

3 ) I Wore JNCO Jeans for Seven Days to Find Myself – This is nothing related to running, fitness or healthy living but is freakin’ hilarious.  I remember the JNCO trend from the 90s and early 2000s. Thankfully, I never had a pair nor did I ever want a pair. The author of this article did and it’s quite hilarious to read his account of reliving the bad fashion of that era.

4 ) Kicking Up Dirt – The author of this echos my feelings on trails.  Road running seems to have lost its luster to me. The trails make me feel like a kid again.  Who doesn’t want that?

5 ) How to Run 100 Miles – I don’t want to run 100 miles.  No thanks.  But the moral of this post is not that everyone SHOULD run 100 miles.  It’s that everyone should set big goals for themselves and push for those goals.  Whatever they are – > “Anyone can genuinely learn how to seek and push their own limits. Because life might just be the greatest ultra of all.”

What would you like to High 5 today?

How to Stay Sane on the Treadmill

How to stay sane on the treadmill! | happyfitmama.com

Welcome to the latest edition of Run It!

In case you missed it, here’s what we covered in January:

Winter Running Tips and Essentials

This month the focus is how to stay sane on the treadmill.

I’m not sure why but there is this big debate that goes on between runners – treadmill lovers and treadmill haters.   I really don’t understand what the big deal is.  If you choose to run on the treadmill, good for you.  If you’d rather stick a needle in your eye than run on a treadmill, please run outside than.

If you run, outside or on a treadmill, you are a runner. End of discussion.

This time of year, I tend to use my treadmill more often. While I’d prefer to run every single run outside, sometimes mothering duties, time and weather conditions make me choose the treadmill instead.

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I can’t remember the last time I ran outside with music.  On the treadmill, it’s absolutely necessary.   I still have nightmares from my gym going days when I was stuck on treadmill next to the loudest mouth breather, heavy foot falls guy that ever ran on a treadmill.  Thankfully, I had my ear buds that day and cranked up the tunes to tune him out.  I’m not fancy enough to make playlists so I’ll tune into Pandora.  I get quite giddy when old school rap from the 90’s comes on.  Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems? No problems on the treadmill.

Brainless TV

Treadmill running is the perfect time for brainless TV.  Watching the Real Housewives, The Bachelor or Dancing with the Stars are the perfect shows for the treadmill.  No thinking required. I would never waste my time watching these shows any other time. Ok, that’s a lie. When we had cable I could totally get sucked into any show on Bravo.

Switch it Up

Whenever I’m on the treadmill, switching up the incline and/or speed usually keeps me entertained and my mind occupied so my eyes are safe from poking. Another option is to do running/strength intervals. My favorite is:

Run 1 mile

*10 push ups

*10 squats

*60 second forearm plank

Run 1 mile

Repeat sequence as many times as you need to.

Get Social

If you have a gym membership, recruit friends to join you for your treadmill run.  Misery Awesomeness loves company. The miles will click away just like you are on a long run outside while you chat and catch up with friends.

Here are even more sanity saving treadmill tips from  5 of my running friends. Click on the picture to take you to their post. And don’t forget to Pin away so you have a stash to reference whenever you need it.


This Runner's Recipes- Staying Sane on the Treadmill

Sarah has a workout for that.

Stay sane on the treadmill with this 30 minute treadmill workout-1

Allie –  Btw, Allie is headed to Cuba today for the Havanna Tri on Saturday. Sending her a big WooooHoooo!!!



How To Stay Sane On The Treadmill


How to Stay Sane on the Treadmill - Run It series of coaches tips and workouts for runners

Linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday and the Coaches’ Corner.

How do you stay sane on the treadmill?

What’s the longest distance you’ve run on the treadmill?





Last Week’s Workouts

Last week’s workouts were all about cutting back. On mileage that is. Despite it being an “easy” week, I still felt like I was working hard. The weather is 99.9% to blame. With two snowstorms that forced two days of school cancelled, I had to move around my workouts and do what I could with what I had.


Another snow day! Ron and I were both called off from work and school was cancelled. We spent the day playing outside in the backyard and eventually ventured out to Kingman Farm trails. As you can see from the pic below, the kids were taking a rest break. Which they do often.

Before the day got started, I did a strength training workout in the basement. There were lunges of all varieties, squats, planks, and push ups.

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Easy 5 miles with Lori and Ryan.  The roads were still a little snow covered and slick from the storm the day before. I guess that made some drivers angry.  We had a car lay on the horn and flip us off for some reason.  We weren’t even in his lane! Not sure what his problem was. Ryan thought maybe his ex-wife was a runner.

After dropping the kids off at school, I hit up my favorite Morning Flow yoga class. Runner’s Lunge saves my legs yet again.

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Planned hill repeats. Actual = treadmill run because Lori hurt her back. 6 miles easy

I didn’t want to do hill repeats solo at zero dark thirty so I opted for an easy treadmill run. My thought was that I’d do the repeats on Thursday after my morning yoga class. Mother Nature had other plans.

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Snowstorm, Ron delayed opening, school cancelled

Planned hill repeats, Actual = hill repeats in the cemetery

I woke up Thursday morning to my phone ringing.  I thought for sure it was a 2 hour delay. Wrong.  School was cancelled. Wtf?!?! The roads were quite slick early in the morning but were clear by 9:30.

Since I’d be home with the kids all day and Ron had a delayed opening for work, I had a short window of when I could get my run done outside.  My usual hill was out of the question – too icy. Other options required running on busier streets to get there, which I didn’t want to mess with. My last option was the cemetery. It’s not a very big hill, but it’s a hill. And the road was plowed. I didn’t have to worry about traffic and cars didn’t have to worry about me. Problem solved.

10 x 30 sec hard effort. I then looped through neighborhoods to end up with 7 miles total.


I had a planned rest day but I wanted another quality strength workout in for the week.  I did this workout minus the run portion.

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I met up with my running buddy, Sarah, who was my go-to gal for Boston training. We now live 40 minutes away from each other so we meeting up is always a treat. The miles ticked away easily as we got up on everything. My breathing felt off for the entire run. I felt like I couldn’t take a deep breath.  I thought maybe it was because we were talking non stop for the whole 10 miles but I continued to feel that way for the rest of the day.

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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you probably saw that I ran the Six03 Endurance Back 9 5k snowshoe race.  Holy freakin’ hard! Snowshoe running is hard. Trying to “race” is 10x harder. It was my third time running with snowshoes and my first race.

My breathing was still feeling wonky but I think I would have felt the same even if I was feeling 100%. The best way I can describe how I felt during the race was chaotic. My heart rate was through the roof, my breathing was shallow, and my feet seemed to have a mind of their own. I don’t think I heard anything other than my heart beat in my ears for the duration of the race. For the rest of the day, I could not stop coughing because my throat felt so weird. Fingers crossed I’m not getting sick!

The course was challenging, no doubt, with mushy snow, icy snow, and a totally narrow path. It’s kind of intimidating when you have someone right on your heels – do I let them pass or are they just tailing me?

Of course, this girl makes it look easy, taking home the win for first woman. She did tell me it wasn’t the best course for my first snowshoe race attempt. I’m on the fence if I want to try it again.  Can I calm the chaos in me? Or is that normal? Are you supposed to feel like everything is spiraling out of control? Lol. There’s another race coming up on Saturday…we’ll see!

Last week's workouts } happyfitmama.comSmiling because I thought I was done. But wait! You must run up and over a big snowbank to finish. So cruel!

This week’s workout are when things get serious. The mileage ramps up and so does the intensity. Thankfully, it looks like the weather will at least be on my side. No snow in the seven day forecast and warm temps makes for clear roads to run!

How was your week in workouts?

Linking up with Ilka/Angela and Hoho/Tricia for the weekly workout wrap up.