Recently, I’ve been dreading speed work intervals. Tempo runs are awesome but the 400m interval workouts I have on the 10K training plan have been met with absolute dread. Wednesday came, I put my workout clothes on and just couldn’t bring myself to drive to the track as I had planned.

So instead, I drank some wine, cooked some sun-dried tomato pesto pasta and read. Impromptu days off are fun every now and then anyway. Yesterday though, I knew I needed to just get it done. The earlier the better so I didn’t have time to talk myself out of it.

What better way to spend 50 minutes of your lunch break than sweating your butt off on your treadmill for 5 miles of soul crushing intervals?

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  • 1 mile warm up
  • 6 x 400m @ 7.0
  • 6 x 400m @ 5.8 (recovery)
  • 1 mile cool down

I’ve mentioned my treadmill’s electrical issues before but on top of all that, I’m also 99.9% sure it’s not calibrated correctly to the actual speeds. I run on enough hotel gym treadmills to know that 7.0 on my treadmill feels more like 6.0-6.5 on a normal one. If I had to safely guess, I’d say mine is off by at least .5mph. It can be frustrating because I never really know how fast I’m going but at the same time, it makes me push myself a little harder than I normally would. So even though my intervals were only at an 8:34 pace according to the treadmill, I’m pretty confident it was really more like 8:00 pace or less. I don’t pant nearly as hard as I was after each interval at an 8:30 pace outside!

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Working from home has it’s pros and cons. One con would be that when I’m actually at home and not traveling, I really never wear anything but workout clothes. Comfortable? You betcha. Makes me feel like a frumpy mess at times? Also, yes. So, putting on real people clothes today after that run (and a shower) was a huge accomplishment which I celebrated by venturing out into the real world to get a pedicure and run some errands.

Let’s talk about nail salons.

Ever see this thing sitting there in the middle of the room empty, softly whispering your name?

massage chair

I swear this damn massage chair tempts me every.single.time I’m in there. I’ve probably asked how much it costs for a 10 minute massage at least 5 times only to say “no thanks, not today” when they ask “you want?” even though the voice inside my head is saying “it’s $12 friggin dollars Gina, just give in!”

Seriously, $12. How can I go and buy a Nook with barely 10 minutes of deliberation and yet sit here and ponder a $12 massage? These are the things I will never understand.

Well yesterday, I gave in. Was it great? No. Was it worth $12, probably.

When your husband’s idea of a massage is a quick rub of his palms on your shoulders (he’s neither a cook nor a masseuse) I’ve determined this to be a necessary expenditure with my every 3 week (or so) pedicure. I will fear the chair no more!

Have you ever gotten the chair massage at the nail place?

Do you deliberate over smaller purchases more than big ones sometimes?

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  1. Sheesh he better be a stallion in the sack ;)

    I’ve never tried those massage things. I did, however, buy one of those things that go on a chair to massage your back. It rocks!

  2. Haha, I’m the same way about little purchases! I’m pretty frugal, but sometimes I’ll spend a lot of money without even thinking about it and sometimes I won’t buy something when it’s convenient because I saw it for 20 cents cheaper somewhere else :)

  3. I LOVE the chair massage at the nail place! It just completes the experience. ;) I tend to deliberate over bigger purchases rather than smaller ones, but, come to think of it, I deliberate over small ones too! And thanks again Gina for checking out my guest post on The Healthy Apron. Happy Friday!

  4. Yes I have and loved it!
    I ponder over the smallest things ever. Like a 5 dollar jar of PB.
    I’ll stand in grocery forever debating whether or not “I really need it”
    Most days, I do need it and take one for the team ;)

  5. Ooh I love those mini massages! I had the best one at a flea market in NYC! They absolutely went to town on my back, definitely more that 15 dollars worth of work! :) Luke gives a fantastic massage however this doesn’t mean I get one very often! :/ I also haven’t had a mani/pedi done since I came to cyprus… thats a year and a half! :( I’m deprived… and I now have hooves instead of feet! Haha

  6. Mine’s no masseuse either. So aggravating! I totally put more thought into small, trivial purchases. I’ll put thought toward a cereal that $1 cheaper, but shoes at are $10 don’t matter much. Crazy.