Halloween Cupcakes and Wobbly Splits

First, I just want to say Happy Friday and share these adorable Halloween cupcakes:

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They’re called Yummy Mummy Cupcakes – ahhhh! So cute!

The how-to video for making these little guys was put together by one of my clients and even though I don’t normally share work related stuff here, I had to share this!

All October long my client is sharing one new Halloween treat recipe and I almost can’t stand how cute they all are!

Ok enough of the work-ish stuff, let’s talk wobby splits. 

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That’s the best way to describe my pace-per-mile (PPM) situation lately.

Hitting my arch nemesis The Bridge twice in the middle of each run has really done some damage to my PPM. I haven’t run negative splits in forever … or even splits … or positive splits. Each run has two huge spikes right smack in the middle when I take on The Bridge.

Wobby splits. 

It’s frustrating and annoying and blah, but I am getting up the bridge a little faster so that’s something!

Last night I ran on the treadmill and my PPM was over 1 minute faster than it is when I run outdoors. And I easily hit negative splits.

There are a million reasons why running outside is my FAVORITE thing ever but speed isn’t one of them. I’m terrible at making myself run fast. That’s definitely the biggest benefit to the treadmill. You can set a pace and the thing makes you run that pace.

That’s pretty nice, right?

The bad things about running on the treadmill are … well, you know what they are.

I personally can’t read or watch TV when I’m on the treadmill because it makes me seasick, so I just stare at my reflection in the mirror and watch my pony tail swish back and forth. Sometimes I give my reflection a thumbs up.

You should always encourage yourself. If you don’t give yourself a thumbs up on the treadmill, who will? That’s my philosophy anyway.

Who’s ready for the weekend? Can we start the countdown right now? 

How do you keep yourself occupied on the treadmill?

4 comments

  1. Amy

    “sometimes I give myself a thumbs up” -best line of this post. The image in my head made me giggle out loud 🙂

  2. Karla @ Run, Karla, Run!

    Don’t worry about speed outside v. speed on the treadmill. Everyone goes faster on the treadmill. There’s no wind resistance, the ground is helping you move, and you don’t have to worry about running tangents, traffic, and lots of other factors. I know EXACTLY how you feel about The Bridge. Even though it’s messing with your PPM and splits, it’s making you a better runner. Just remember that when you’re running it and staring at your stats.

    And I love that you give yourself a thumbs up. Sometimes I give myself a fist pump 🙂

    The main thing I do to keep myself occupied on the treadmill is pushing buttons. I can’t stand steady-state runs there. I do fartleks, intervals, progression runs, anything that will let me push lots of buttons to break up the time.

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      The first pump … YES! I definitely do the first pump too 🙂 It usually occurs when a part of a song that I really like comes on, haha.

      Button pushing is a good idea!

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