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Earlier this summer I made a resolution that I would run 40 miles in the month of June.  It started out really well, but by the end of the month, the Chicago heat wave made running outside a real struggle, especially since I’m not a morning person and have zero motivation or energy to wake up and run before work.

Since I started out strong, this meant I only needed to run seven miles during the last month to complete my goal–which was extremely helpful considering I planned and threw a 50th birthday surprise party for my mom this past Saturday and I had other priorities than going out and running in 95 degree heat.

I found myself on a treadmill I think three times this month, which always proves to be a source of struggle for me, but my last run of the month, which happened to be on a treadmill, went really well!  I think the air conditioning and lack of humidity really helped my breathing.

This month, I have already thought of my new goal: 50 miles of cardio activity.  Since I will probably be inside a lot more this month, I want to expand my goal to include the elliptical (and possibly/probably the bike).  This way, I won’t make myself crazy running on a treadmill all the time and will be able to switch up workouts.  Since I find the elliptical a lot easier (and I can also bike a lot faster than I can run), I increased the mileage.  Also, since I completed 40, why not add some more?

 

Do you have a resolution for July?

How do you push yourself to reach your fitness/health goals?

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I have a confession: I get bored with workouts EXTREMELY easily.  On Monday I completed treadmill interval workout that I loved.  It pushed me just the right amount and I was really excited to have finally had a good workout again.  Unforuntaley, I just wasn’t into doing it on Tuesday (bored?).  I got through half then quit and went on the elliptical.

Working out is a huge mental game for me and I OFTEN have issues being pleased with my workouts and not allowing myself to stop along the way.  For the record, I physically don’t need to stop during workouts, but mentally, I somehow always need the break.  It’s very frustrating considering I ran a half marathon 2 months ago without stopping and for some reason, I now find myself needing to stop during a 3-4 mile run. 

Anyways, I hope to someday come back to this treadmill interval workout and find it just as effective as I did the first time.

Time (minutes) Pace
2 3.5
1 5.5
1 6
1 6.5
2 7
1 8
2 7
1 8
2 7
1 8
2 7
1 8
2 7
1 8
2 7
1 8
2 7
2 6.5
1 6
2 3.5

Total Time: 30 minutes

Total Distance: 3.28ish miles

How do you overcome exercise boredom?