Treadmill Triumph + Vegan Orzo Pasta

So, apparently it’s January again here in Central PA. When we went to the UUs this morning, I realized quickly that after yesterday’s blizzard-like snowfall, all the sidewalks were covered in snow and the roads were icy. My 11 mile run that was on the calendar was in danger.

The thought of doing a run of that length on the treadmill seemed insane, especially since I haven’t been training on the treadmill at all. I texted my best friend, an avid runner and constant cheerleader for my fitness goals, to see what she thought.

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Sometimes, all it takes is a little bit of encouragement like that. I decided to give the treadmill a shot.

But now that running outside was out, I figured I might as well procrastinate, make dinner, and get some chores done around the house.

I made orzo pasta with chickpeas, broccoli, and toasted pine nuts. Find the recipe here.

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Trying the “mis en place” approach.

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Orzo. Should have cooked it with olive oil. There is always next time.

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Chickpeas and broccoli coated in olive oil and seasoned with curry powder, pepper, and garlic salt. Ready for 30 minutes in the oven.

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Toasting pine nuts. These added an awesome flavor.

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Voila. Dinner tonight, lunch tomorrow. Really delicious.

On to the run. I helped myself mentally digest it by splitting it up. 6 miles, 3 miles, 2 miles. During the interruptions, I drank water and stretched a little bit.

The treadmill was actually not half bad. I think it was easier on my knees than the pavement. But don’t get me wrong, my legs still hurt like hell 🙂

It was both motivating and agonizing to be able to watch the mileage climb. I would say miles 1-5 were pretty awesome. Mile 6 was hard because I had to go to the bathroom.

Miles 6-9 were okay, but my legs started locking up. I tried the trick of putting my sweatshirt over the mile counter, but that didn’t help at all. It just made me more antsy to know how far I was.

Mile 10 was okay. Mile 11 was awesome. At that point, I knew I was going to make it, which felt so good. I even bumped up my speed and finished in a sprint. When I was done, I screamed YES like an idiot at our apartment complex gym. Noone was there, but still.

Like my friend said, my playlist was what carried me through. I guess that’s the case with any run though.

I may have to wake up early tomorrow to do yoga. Icing and stretching tonight might not cut it. But I feel so accomplished, and happy to know the treadmill is an option for training runs.

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