Watch out for falling trees

There were multiple deaths from falling trees in Central Park yesterday, I think running indoors at my gym was the right decision.

The day started out with slushy rain and progressed to windy snow. Oh winter, you’re not welcome here anymore.

Once I was warm and dry inside the office, I chowed down on breakfast: chobani 2%, dried cranberries, and Kashi Go Lean Crunch.

chobani and kashi

Followed by a mid-morning cup of green tea (not coffee, I swear!) and Hershey’s kisses.

Hershey's kisses

Lunch was leftover peanutty root veggie stew and an apple with a wedge of laughing cow cheese. Umm, there’s not much you can do to make leftovers in tupperware look pretty, but it all tasted very good!

leftovers for lunch

The highlight of my afternoon was a delicious cinnamon roll from Holey Donuts. I don’t even care if I get diabetes. It was that good.

Holey Donuts Cinnamon Rolls

The cinnamon roll was savored with a hot cappuccino, mmm.


As much as I missed working out with the Central Park Track Club, I knew running outside wasn’t a (safe) option. To pump myself up for a solo workout, I reviewed my tips on surviving the treadmill and headed over the the gym around 6pm.

1 mile warm-up
4 x 1 mile @10K pace with .25 mile recovery jog
1 mile cool-down (7 miles total)

I set the incline at 2% for miles 1 and 3 to simulate the terrain of Central Park. I hope I’m just fatigued from Wednesday”s 12 miles because I can’t remember the last time I worked so hard on a run. Pace for the mile repeats wasn’t that fast (7:13, 7:08, 7:13, 7:05), but I was struggling to maintain good form. I wanted to decrease the incline SO badly, but I gritted it out. I just kept thinking about the hilly 5K I have planned for next weekend – a 0% incline will NOT be an option on race day. I’m a little nervous (ok VERY nervous) about trying to run 13.1 miles at ~7:25 pace next month. Meh.

After waiting 25 minutes for the subway (WHY do half empty local trains randomly run on the express track??), I finally made it home. Famished. I didn’t have time to run to the grocery store, so din-din was a mish-mosh of whatever I had in the fridge.

First I whisked together an easy vinaigrette – 1 Tbs olive oil, 1 Tbs balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp dijon mustard, 1 tsp lingonberry jam, and dash of dalt.

I tossed romaine lettuce, dried cherries, walnuts, and Wildwood baked tofu in with the dressing and topped with shredded cheddar cheese.


I also made myself a plate of tortilla chips + melted cheddar. Andddd then I killed the bag of chips. The reduced guilt yellow corn tortilla chips from Trader Joe’s are SO good (probably the best store bought tortilla chips I’ve ever had). I bought the bag four days ago and they’re already gone. Mmm, salt + carbs = perfect post-workout fuel.

tortilla chips

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Treadmills – love ’em or hate ’em? Unless the roads clear up this weekend, I’m facing a long run inside!

  • A good friend that I graduated college with was struck and killed by a falling tree branch this past fall while out running, too. A few weeks before that, I saw a branch fall on and crush a BMW. Scary stuff, be aware of your surroundings I guses!

  • I love my treadmill, as clear from my last post 🙂
    And I saw that on The Today Show! Scary stuff

  • I definitely have a love/hate relationship with the treadmill…I find that I just get bored so much more eaily, it’s hard to keep my attention spam for more than an hour on a machine.
    I’m facing the same problem with this weather and needing to run this weekend for the NY half. I planned for 10-12 miles but I just don’t know how I can do that on a treadmill. 🙁 Snow snow go away!

  • Maren

    I HATE the treadmill! I can go outside and run forever, but when it’s too cold, I force myself on the treadmill. And the next day, I can barely walk! It’s too hard on me!

  • Bobbie

    My max on the treadmill is about 5 miles and even those 5 miles just seem to crawl by. Sometimes if I get interested in a tv show then it’s a little better. Running outside is my 1st choice but since we’ve had so much snow dumped on us lately all of my normal running routes are too dangerous. Sometimes I split up a long run half in the morning and half at night. Luckily I’m only training for a 10 miler right now so I don’t HAVE to put in any super long runs right now if the weather doesn’t allow. The whole tree thing is crazy. There was someone killed while running in fairmount park here in philadelphia a while back from a falling tree branch! So sad….
    I think you made the right choice yesterday!

  • I’m not a treadmill fan, but I prefer it to running outdoors, largely because it is easier and I’m lazy! 🙂

    I’m really over this snow, and so is the dog. Where is spring??

  • Hate treadmills! So sad about the deaths. Def a good call staying inside…

  • I HATE treadmills with a vengence! They are THE most boring things on earth! Especially at my uni gym, with no TV – all you can focus on is the wall in front of you and the people that smell next to you :,( it’s nasty!!
    :O MULTIPLE deaths???eeek, that sounds nasty 🙁

  • That is terrifying! As well as kind of an embarrassing way to go? Anyway, I’ve utilized treadmill survival tips and can make it through them without wanting to kill myself. I see treadmill runs as a necessary pain in the neck, I guess. My longest run was 15 miles. I think people at the gym thought (correctly) I was nuts.
    Also, I’m not a running expert, but judging from your workouts, it seems 7:25 pace is well within the realm of possibility. Trust the power of adrenaline.

  • Hate them!! Just cannot bring myself to do it – no matter all the tricks of the trade, I just STARE at the numbers in front of me counting down the minutes. Treadmills are the opposite of everything I love about running: fresh air, adventure, scenery, sunlight, people, freedom. Ugh, I wish I could some days but I have run outside through below zero temps and snow storms this winter so I know I can face almost anything now (except falling trees: that is crazy!!)
    Have a marvelous weekend! xxx

  • Oh dear, death by falling tree? That is a REALLY good reason to run inside! Not too much longer before you’ll be back in the fresh air, though. 🙂

  • wow. I only heard of one death in the park. So sad. The guy was just enjoying the beautiful scenery! This snow is pretty crazy and I’m ready for it to be spring!

    I’m not a fan of treadmills either. For some reason I’m okay on the elliptical for cross training, but when it comes to running, I just do not like the treadmill. Of course, I’ll deal with it when I have to, like the rest of us!

    Good luck tomorrow with your long (indoor) run!

  • Love the treadmill…although the furthest I have ever run on one was 14 miles. I could probably do 16 is I HAD to but any further and I gotta get outside!

  • killed by falling trees?! that’s terrifying

    I’ve done 16 miles on a treadmill, any more and I’d die of boredom!

  • LOVE the convenience of treadmills, but I hate pretty much everything else about them! Anything longer than 7 miles is just killer!

  • Since I’m such a wimp when it comes to outdoor running in the winter, the treadmill has grown on me. I must say, I love having the ability to adjust the difficulty and incline of a run. Also, having the machine monitor my mileage, pace, and caloric burn is very convenient.

    That cinnamon roll looks amazing!

  • Ellen

    I used to hate the treadmill, but lately I’ve been enjoying it. I’ve been pushing myself harder and have been doing interval training. Mixing up the speeds keeps me from being bored, and nothing beats an intense sweat sesh!

  • Yikes I’d make sure to run inside too if trees were falling where I run. I’m usually not a big treadmill fan but if it’s the only option then I use it for sure.

  • I love the treadmill! I’d love to run in the winter here but I’m a wuss – just can’t do it.