Working Out After Work

While I was training for the Triathlon by the Sea and the Twin Lobster Half Marathon I was exclusively working out before work. I wish I could say I was still as disciplined in doing this but now I am almost always working out after work.


During this past winter and spring, working out before work was the only option because I was still in school. Now that working out after work is an option, I have been choosing sleeping in over hitting the gym at 5:30m. I’ve been beating myself up over it but have finally come to the realization that ITS OK to do nighttime workouts.

With all of that said, here is what I did last night after work.

After this I was STARVING, like I want to eat the world starving. But I made a couple good decisions and threw together this delicious masterpiece.

tuna salad
(Can of tuna mixed with 2T hummus, 1 chopped celery stalk, 1/4 chopped apple, 1 slice chopped onion all over a bed of greens. After the pic was taken I added about a gallon of Frank Red Hot on top…mmm spicy!)

Is tuna and apples weird? You bet it is but is was so good and I will definitely be making this concoction again.

This morning I opted to sleep in (until 6:30 am) so I’ll be working out after work once again. On the docket for tonight – 4.5 miles on the treadmill. I haven’t done this distance in a while so I am going to keep it slow for the first mile or so then go from there. I’d also like to throw in some strength as well. Maybe this.

OK, time to tackle Wednesday! And Happy October…one of my favorite months!

Do you ever switch up your workout routine?

What’s your favorite month?

  • I love October because its my birthday and soon to be my anniversary month! I also obviously love July and August because well, summer. Enough said.

LOVE / HATE Relationship

I have many love / hate relationships in my life…the biggest being the treadmill.

I started going to the gym in college mostly because my roommate would drag me there but also because it was the first time in my life that I had a bunch of free time on my hands.

Rewind to September of 2003…I was a college freshman just settling into my new college life and starting to go to the gym. On a regular old Monday night, my roommate and I put on our matching Soffe shorts and “wife beaters” and headed to the gym. She hopped on the last available elliptical and I grabbed a treadmill.

soffe shorts

Minutes later, I was that girl on the floor that fell on the treadmill…woof.

SO EMBARRASSING! I got up, walked away from the treadmill and started an abs workout. My arm hurt (I smashed it on the way down) but mostly my ego hurt. Stupid treadmill.

The next morning my arm was killing my and I couldn’t even take notes in class so I went to the infirmary. Turns out, I BROKE MY ARM. WTF?!?! Now not only am I the girl that fell off the treadmill, I am the girl that fell off the treadmill and broke her arm. Welcome to college, Emily. Way to make a good impression.

After my incident, I avoided the treadmill like the plague. It wasn’t until more recently that I faced my fears and started to incorporate the treadmill back into my fitness routine. Now,  I have re-incorporated the formerly hated machine and some days I really enjoy my treadmill workouts.

I tend to get bored running at one pace for long time so I save those runs for outside. When I hit up the treadmill I like to do intervals, speed workouts, hill workouts and occasionally walks.

Here is one of my favorite tready workouts:

treadmill workout

For more great treadmill workouts…check out my Cardio Queen Pinterest page!