Embracing The ‘Mill

Hey there!  It has been a while, huh?

Life and work kind of have gotten in the way of my training and blogging.  Hopefully I can get going again on both now.

The big news around my house is that John and I bought a TREADMILL! 

I know, I know…long time friends and readers of this blog know my history with the treadmill.   I think I have made my disdain (um fear?) for (me) using them pretty clear over the years.

So yeah…about that. 

For the past week I have been looking at this when I start my truck in the morning:

Maine, Cold

Yes, this is ridiculous…

And it pretty much stays that way all day (OK it warms up to -19)

Here is the thing.  I am a FIRM believer that you can always dress for any condition.

In my case, I literally work out in those conditions.  I am freezing my butt off all day, then I get home, finally get warm and out of my winter gear…the last thing I really want to do is dress up like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (woman) and head back out into the frigid darkness to waddle around Caratunk.

So what I am saying, is that I lose my ambition when I get home – often times I am leaving at 5am and don’t get home until 6pm…so my options for training are pretty danged limited as it is. 

Throw in -20 and dark and I am snuggling on the couch with this guy:

Porter, couch, dog

OK, so I sit on the floor

Anyway…we have had the treadmill for 2 days. 

I. Freaking. LOVE IT. 

I mean, I like it a lot.

Honestly – I would rather run outside if I can, but this is an excellent option that I have never had before.  And with my new work schedule being crazy like it is, this is going to be awesome.  

I haven’t even fallen off of it yet!  That is pretty big news, but stay posted, it could happen at any time.

My training is going to be very run focused this year – I plan on some big touring type of bike rides and a few big swims, a tri or two – but my primary place is going to be running the trails around here as much as possible and doing some trail races.

I am pretty excited about 2014, it is the first time in a long time I do not have training for an Ironman as my main focus.  I feel like I am being honest about what I really want to do, and I look forward to exploring a whole  new aspect of one of my favorite things to do – run!

Thanks for reading!


About caratunkgirl

Short spunky girl from the tiny town of Caratunk, Maine. Active outdoor girl. I am a forester, whitewater raft guide, Ironman and 5x marathoner with Ultra dreams. Always ready for the next adventure with my dog Kineo by my side.
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7 Responses to Embracing The ‘Mill

  1. adena says:

    Is it wrong that I kinda wanna read a post about you flying off the back of the mill? Ok I’m kidding, I don’t want you to hurt yourself…
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  2. Mike says:

    20 below is a bit cold to be running outside. Congrats on getting a treadmill. If you have Net Flix, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead will keep you from getting bored on the mill.
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  3. You say you are being honest about what you want to do and then you say you love the dreadmill. Time for an intervention….

  4. obarwell says:

    We recently moved to CO. I love my Kreitler rollers for the inside to keep my road bike legs going when it’s full of snow and cold on the outside.

  5. Colleen says:

    I can’t fathom that temperature. Seriously. Our little town shut down yesterday and it was only 25! 🙂 Welcome to the South!

    Glad you are loving the treadmill. We got one too and although I still would rather run outside if it was nice, the convenience, the ease, the warmth, etc make it a no brainer! What kind did you get?

  6. I’m not a huge fan of treadmills, but when the weather sucks, always great to run inside 🙂
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  7. Black Knight says:

    Ok, you can sit on the floor but he also needs a pillow!
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