A few things learned while on the treadmill (sponsored)

I’m currently blogging about my fitness journey thanks to my ambassadorship with Smooth Fitness. While these posts are sponsored and I received a super sweet treadmill in exchange for my story, I’m taking this opportunity to get in shape extremely seriously. OK, mostly seriously anyway…

I am not an athlete, but have decided as part of my farewell to Indianapolis, to run the famous Indy Mini Marathon (largest 1/2 marathon in the country with around 30,000 participants) on May 3rd. Almost seven weeks into the twelve week training program, I’m learning so much about myself both physically and psychologically.

A few things you probably never wanted to know about me, but now I know about myself:

1. Miles one – three are the serious worst. I’m stiff, my body hurts, I’m cursing and swearing with each step. But if I can power through the first few, I can find my rhythm and start enjoying the ride.

2. But bananas are the serious best. I’m not a huge fan of the banana, but since starting my training, I’ve swallowed one down almost every morning. They provide energy, calm the nervous tummy, and keep the poops away (more on the poops later). Bananas are the perfect runners’ food I’ve learned.

3. I have one speed, and that’s ok. Whether I’m running one mile or eight, I move at a pace of around 11:30 miles. This is pretty much classified as a “snails” pace, but for me it’s both my jogging pace and my race pace – I’m owning it.

12991392475 c2b5b8956c A few things learned while on the treadmill (sponsored)

4. TMI: Chafing is a real (painful) thing. My bra strap causes chafing. The seams in my pants cause chafing. A very good (much more in-shape) lady friend of mine says her butt causes chaffing. You know, not the actual crack but the part when the rump meets the leg. I’m currently combating the chafe with Body Glide, which basically makes me feel like I’m rubbing deodorant in my crotch. But whatever, because it’s helping.

5. “Mind over Matter” isn’t a flippant saying tough people throw around. I know it’s hard to believe, but 6 miles really isn’t that far if you slowly work your way up to it with gradual training. I already know if I can get past those first 3 miles, I will absolutely be able to finish 13.1 miles.

6. Playlists are key, get a good one. Download the (free) app Rock My Run, it will change you.

7. TMI: Running will give you “dirty tooters” (Paul’s favorite phase). I don’t know what it is about running, and yes I googled it to make sure it’s just not me, but running makes you want to get business done if you know what I mean. Yes, I’ve had to pause the treadmill mid-run to avoid a situation (linked to super funny marathon poop story) and I’m not embarrassed to admit it.

Currently it fits into my schedule to run on my treadmill 2-3 times a week, and run a longer distance outside on the weekends as weather permits. I prefer the convince of running on the treadmill, but love the high running in the elements gives me.

Ok your turn. What do you love (or hate) about running?




  1. Sorry if you’ve already mentioned this…but how are you training? I don’t know that my aspirations include a half marathon (at least…not now), but I would like to get back into running and someday move past that 3.2 mi limit I seem to have set for myself. Are you doing it with a group/class, or did you choose an online mini training program?


    Emily Reply:

    So I always run alone, not that I’m opposed to running in a group or with a friend, it’s just how it is. I’m using the Hal Higdon training program, the “novice” level. http://www.halhigdon.com/training/51130/Half-Marathon-Training-Guide

    I would love to get some real training at some point, to work on my stride and all the fancy technical stuff…


  2. Stephanie says:

    So for my TMI and running. I have an IUD and the jostling of running causes bleeding. Super fun, right? Yeah, I’ve ruined many a pair of underwear until I got in the habit of always wearing a panty liner. But I love running!


    Emily Reply:

    oh wow, that’s rough. Cheers for powering through….


  3. @Sarah: I’m more of a lone runner, too, and have looked at Hal Higdon’s stuff in the past (I had a coach once, ages ago, who recommended him and used his programs). I’ll have to delve back into it all. Congrats on all of your awesome progress so far!


  4. Oops…that was supposed to be a reply to your comment, Emily…


  5. The running poops! I seriously thought it was just ME! I’m really relieved to know that it’s an actually thing. I have had to hop off the treadmill (At the gym no less) before something horribly embarrassing happened.
    I love running because it helps me relax, it keeps me sane and gives me more patience with my kids and with life in general.
    Those first few minutes though, before I get my rhythm are brutal. Keep up the good work!


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