Friday, March 6, 2015

5 ways to add more oophm to your treadmill runs...

*#RECIPEFRIDAY link up is open down below for March 13!*

Since I was given clearance to run by my Doctor about two months back…

I’ve slowly been treading my way on the treadmill to get my legs running again.

After being told that my 4 stress fractures had healed (which took a little over 6 months)

I was excited to put on my running shoes again! (How could I not be!)

These Nikes are retired.


As I made my way a top the treadmill…

I made a promise to myself to be…

  1. Aware of my state of being, with more emphasis on the physical  (the area of injury). In other words, not ignore any sign of discomfort thinking I can run through it (them). (I was wrong in thinking my last injury was nothing)
  2. Mindful of not over-doing it because my cardio vascular system could handle more than the time allotted to my run in re-introducing this exercise into my routine
  3. Forgiving of my being if it wasn't yet ready to run again. (It's amazing how hard your first few runs are after stopping for a while. No doubt, you have to give yourself, both mentally and physically, some time to get back on track!)

To be honest…

I was a little scared of my first run because I was afraid I’d feel pain or…

That I’d injure myself right off the bat.

But it turned out great.

I ran with the wind (at least the draft I was getting indoors) and…

I was so happy that the sweat dripping down my face was from the strides I was making. (Literally too!)

That was the first run…

And then I moved on to my second, third, fourth, and fifth! (I’m pretty sure I’m now on my 18th run on the treadmill.)

By # (I dunno) on the treadmill...

It occurred to me that I was doing a few things to add more oomph to my runs. (You know, things to keep me going!)

So today...

I'm sharing some of those extra oophms:
  1. Create a few playlist with songs that keep you moving or, if you're like me, have a variety of different genres (blues, pop, rock, R&B, hip hop, dance etc.). From old school, to new school, to a mix of both.
  2. Get a treadmill running partner. I swear, time flies when you're running with a friend by your side! It's a great way to catch up too.
  3. Listen to meditations (this is how I got my running groove back last year. I listened to daily meditations during my runs. Try it. I swear it brings so much zen into your runs and it truly enlightens you by the end!)
  4. Other than watching a movie, a show, or listening to an audio book...
  5. Enjoy your time doing something that gets you moving. I swear, sometimes I just run it out with nothing in ear or distractions in front of my eyes. I simply savour my time to breathe. There ARE times that the last thing you need is anything but a distraction to keep you moving. You just need to move. Period.

Now I know today is #RECIPEFRIDAY but...

I don't have a recipe to share since I haven't had a chance to create something new!


That doesn't mean you can't share what you've been making and loving lately!

So go ahead...

Link up to your creation(s)!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

My running partner.
Indoors and outdoors.

Questions FU You...

Do you have anything to add to my list of oophms?
Plans for the weekend?

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*


  1. So glad you are back to running! I agree, those first few back post injury are tough. I avoid the treadmill like the plague b/c it bores me to death, but these are all great ideas if I had to use it!

  2. It's wonderful that you are back to running!!!! I have to admit that I really, really, reaaaally dislike running on a treadmill. I don't know what it is, but I just can't get myself to enjoy it. Running outside or rather, pushing a stroller whilst trying to keep my toddler entertained and attempting to jog for more than a few feet sans stopping is actually something I enjoy doing more. It's strange as a treadmill would actually be easier to manage while he sleeps haha. Anyway, I really liked your tips! They're really do-able but I bet they would do wonders for my motivation :)

    Thanks for hosting, too!!

    1. Thanks for linking up! I used to dislike running on the treadmill but my thoughts on it have changed. I now to enjoy my time spent on it :) That said, nothing beats the outdoors though!

  3. Love this! I have been running on the treadmill all winter. Watching shows and jamming out to tunes (aka dancing by myself on the treadmill) has really helped!

  4. I still, just can't do the treadmill! It literally SCARES me and HURTS to run on it!

    1. Funny thing is that you used to hurt me too, my shins mostly.Not any more, thank goodness!

  5. Yay for your return to running! :D I tend to study or catch up on shows when I'm on the treadmill (or any other piece of cardio equipment)! :]

  6. These are great tips!! I have been opting for the treadmill more lately (b/c its FREEZING here in Canada) and I have been struggling to get those long run done. So this is perfect!

  7. These are great tips! Glad you can run again!

  8. SO happy for you!!! Hope you're enjoying the freedom. :)

  9. The treadmill demands good tv, good music and a good friend nearby helps too!

  10. I make sure to create an amazing playlist before I jet off on my run, but the break I took during the winter from running not as much has really slowed me down!


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