TREADMILL 1-3/30: Longest Five Minutes of My Life

TREADMILL Challenge: Day 1-3 of 30

Longest Five Minutes of My Life


“pyramids: brisk walk, increase pace 0.1 every minute to run (5), then reverse”

take 1

It was a Monday morning. I woke up and put on my workout gear as self-motivation.  I ended up wearing it all day, and didn’t work out at all.

There was not even an attempt to touch my treadmill. Instead I procrastinated.  The night before I studied the Refinery29 30Day Treadmill Challenge and realized that I HAD to reformat the calendar and make my own version of it.

However, I did find myself making more “active” decisions. After picking my son up from preschool I took him to the playground to enjoy the fresh air.  Instead of playing passenger-on-his-bus or customer-at-his-ice cream-shop, we went to the empty tennis courts and played tag.  We chased each other for over 30min, laughing and sweating and enjoying each other.  When it came time to pick up his big sister from school, instead of taking the car, I pulled out the double stroller and walked the 0.8miles x2, there and back.

take 2

With my reformatted version of the 30Day program on-hand, I set my son up on a laptop with and I hopped right onto the treadmill.  I didn’t give myself time to make excuses.  After the recommended warm-up, I started the “pyramid”.  I actually enjoy walking; always have.  But 5-consecutive minutes of running?! I nearly collapsed. It was the longest five minutes of my life.  Thank goodness I had my little cheerleader sitting in front of me.  “Wow, mom! You’re doing so good”, “You are sooo fast!”, “Are you done yet?”

“walk flat (4) + walk incline (1), x4”

With a full-day at the office and our weekly family dinner at the in-laws, I already knew fitting in the challenge today wasn’t going to happen.  But it happened!

Since both my husband and I are night owls, when he left for the gym after the kids were down, I decided to hit the treadmill.  I was fearful the machine would be loud and would wake the kids up (our home design is all open space – so i’m in the basement, but can see up to the 2nd floor), but I figured I’d deal with it if I had to deal with it.  30minutes later, I finished the workout, the kids were still sound asleep, and I still had time to take a shower before watching Stranger Things to sleep.

“Rest or Crossing Training”

Rest, PLEASE. Thank you!


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One Comment on “TREADMILL 1-3/30: Longest Five Minutes of My Life

  1. Jenny Monzon Reply

    September 18, 2016 at 12:32

    That title though! LMAO. Great job!

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