2 Rounds of Running and Dumbbell Hell!

I know for a fact that it wasn't this cold in March last year. It definitely was not snowing either. Though, snow and cold don't bother me too much anymore ever since I got my treadmill.

 I would still opt for a trail run though. The same view out the window can get pretty boring.  I can't wait till we get a shelf built so I can utilize the laptop for entertainment when I'm stuck indoors.

After my 5 mile run, I did some strength training. I truly dislike anything that has to do with  dumbbells, kettle bells, or using my own body weight to build muscle. I never have motivation to do it. I must have enough to at least complete my workout as planned, but it really is a task to get me started. As a runner, I know that building muscle and strength has it's benefits, but I still hate it when it's weight time. Wish there was another way.

Anyway, not long after I finished Dumbbell Hell, I came back for round 2 of running (this is the first time I completed 2 running sessions in one day! Obsession!!!!). This time, I decided to run as fast as I could for 1 mile.

I wasn't entirely happy with my results.

Just this past summer, I was able to do a mile in under 7 minutes. Maybe I was slow because I had already run 5 miles for the day. Maybe it was because my muscles were tired from strength training. Regardless, I'm going to attempt a fast mile at least once a week. Just not on days I do more than 7 miles or have strength training. My ultimate goal is a 6 minute mile. However, if I can get it down to 6:30 by the end of summer, I'll be happy.

What do you do to entertain yourself on a treadmill run? Do you listen to music, watch TV, count your steps...?

Do you strength train at least once or twice a week? How much time do you devote to it? Do you like it?

What's your fastest mile time?

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