Monday, October 25, 2010

Treadmills Suck The Fun Out Of Running

A reeeeeeally quick post because I'm trying to stay on top of my training workouts on here.

First of all, I have to give props to anyone who works full time and trains for a race at the same time.  I've been working more lately and I'm finding it damn near impossible to get all my workouts in!  Things got busy at work this afternoon and I didn't get home until after 7 and it was already getting dark.  I would have grabbed Bruce and run outside anyway, but things had gotten even crazier for him at work and he didn't get home until after 8!  Oh my.  And I just don't want to run in the dark by myself - it doesn't seem safe.

I knew at that point that there was no rush in getting my workout in - it was going to be a treadmill kind of night.  Blech.  I love WALKING on treadmills.  I find running on treadmills to be very painfully boring, frustrating and harder on my body than when I'm running outside.  But I'm getting ahead of myself.  I tried to psych myself up with a classic PB&J for dinner -

Question - what is the difference between jelly and jam?

This PB&J had strawberry jam on it.  It was delicious.

So I let this digest and headed to the gym at my apartment complex.  Two of the treadmills were being used, so I hopped on the third.  It was broken.  I decided to get on the elliptical and do a light warm up while I waited for a treadmill to open up.  Also broken.

It is moments like that where I am ready to move.

Anyway, I went back to my apartment and Bruce and I disassembled some furniture in an attempt to create more space for storing boxes as we start to pack things up.  About an hour later I headed back to the gym and hopped on a treadmill.


That is how I feel about running on the treadmill.  I ran two miles and couldn't take it anymore.  I felt like I was working harder than I was and I couldn't zone out and I was much harder on my legs than I normally am (my knee!).  So I slowed to a walk for about a 0.50 mile, cursed myself out for falling into a running rut and packed up.  As soon as I got outside, I got a sudden surge of energy and felt like I could have take off and run five miles.

Stupid treadmill.  Whatever, miles are miles.  I ran 2.00 miles in 20:15.

She thinks treadmills are lame, too.


1 comment:

  1. I'm with ya...I hate running on treadmills but I could walk all day on one. PB&J sounds good too :)


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