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Susan Tries to Beat Treadmill Boredom

Susan joined Editor in Chief Betty Wong for the Fitness "Fast Track to a Better Body" workout this week.

It was another cold one here in NYC. Not only did we get hit with snow, this time we got ice too. Fun! The frozen rain and icy conditions turned the city into an ice skating rink and it was impossible and dangerous to walk outside during the work week--let alone run. Therefore, I did all of my weekday runs on the treadmill. It was warm and precipitation-free at the gym, but running on the treadmill is so boring for me. I covered up the the front of the treadmill with a towel so I couldn't see  the remaining time  and listened to a great running mix on my iPod, but I was going out of my mind. Does anyone have any suggestions to make treadmill running more enjoyable?

Since the treadmill and I aren't the greatest of pals, I woke up early on Saturday, even with the wintry mix of rain and snow, and did my long run outside. While I was running, I enjoyed it and even felt invigorated in the cool precipitation. But after I returned home, I realized I was soaking wet and chilled to the bone! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do my long run on Sunday when it was 50 degrees and sunny. Let's hope next week brings us some better weather! I still felt rushed before and after my runs and didn't feel like I did enough stretching.

My goal this week: Figure out how to fit flexibility work in. It was fun to squeeze in a strength training class this week. I joined FITNESS Editor in Chief Betty Wong for a 30-minute "Rear View Rescue" class made up of all the best butt firming exercises that are supposed to make me look better from the behind! The class was challenging and definitely helped to strengthen my glutes and hamstrings--which will be so helpful with my running. The moves we tried (and other tips) are featured in Betty's new book "FITNESS Fast Track to a Better Body." I expect another really busy week ahead, so I'm trying to plot out when to do my workouts now. I feel a bit tired just thinking about it! Do you prefer running indoors or outdoors? How do you beat training boredom?