As for the specific model of treadmill, I went for the Sole F80. There are so many treadmills out there, which made it hard to decide. I used the treadmill doctor website and read the posted reviews, best buy recommendations in each price range and used their treadmill buyers guide. I found this website incredibly helpful. So far so good. This treadmill had good reviews for durability but I played it safe and bought the extended maintenance plan to ensure it is maintained properly. Mechanical maintenance is not exactly a strength of mine!
My first post-baby half-marathon is coming up at the end of next month. Although I decided to approach this race without a time goal and focus on building mileage and getting used to running distance again, I have been surprised at my paces thus far. Surprised, as in, they have been slower than I thought they would. Pre-pregnancy, 10 minutes per mile was my comfy, stroller-less running pace. Thus far, I have been struggling keeping a pace of 11 minutes per mile on the treadmill. My long runs, which is up to 8 miles as of this week, have been in the 11:40 per mile or slightly slower pace range and I can't say those runs have felt easy. I am not upset about it- just surprised. I thought I would be faster, especially on the treadmill where I am not using the incline or contending with the elements.
With these paces in mind, I had an opportunity yesterday to run outside in the afternoon. It has been weeks since I ran outside and I guestimated my iphone would be telling me a pace of 11-12 minutes per mile based on how my workouts are going. To my surprise, I finished my snowy, icy and a little bit hilly run in exactly 10 minutes per mile feeling good. Huh??? Does anyone else find significant differences in their treadmill versus outside pace? I always thought treadmill pacing tends to be slightly faster. Perhaps this was a fluke run or just a really good one for me lately. I guess we will see when this half marathon rolls around! Paces aside, I am feeling good getting regular mileage in. I am up to about 22 miles per week and aiming to head for 30'ish as training progresses.
On the food front, I have been keeping up pretty well with the 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge. I did miss 1 or 2 days, but most of my mornings are starting with a breakfast like this:
For those that may be on the fence about green smoothies, give it a try! They do not taste like spinach or kale or avocado. The fruit dominates the taste of the drink and I am loving them. It's great heading out for the day with 5'ish produce servings already consumed! For those busy mornings, I have been making the smoothies in batches of 2 and storing the second smoothie in a mason jar in the fridge so it is ready to go for the next day. Just add a straw and DONE! Any old blender will work to try them out!
Oh- and on the dessert front (as you know, I can not forget dessert!), I had a chance to meet up with some girlfriends at a new favorite place of mine, which is a bakery/pastry shop/cocktail bar that makes homemade hot chocolate, desserts etc. etc. Check out this beautiful apple tart:
So pretty and so delicious and fresh. I want to go back!
Any treadmill pacing thoughts? Favorite green smoothies?
Have a great week!