Day 122: Does anyone actually enjoy the treadmill?

Cause I don’t.
run because you can

Last night I was forced to run on the treadmill at the gym; the bane of my existence. It was way too slippery to run outside and even though the days are getting longer, by the time I can go in the evening it’s too dark (and I can’t see the icy spots). So I headed over the gym (which was a total gong show) and hopped on a machine.  Unfortunately for me, I was stuck between two big men, you can’t even begin to imagine what that was like. It was hot. Smelly. And uncomfortable.

As you know, I hate the treadmill. I decided that I would kill two birds with one stone and listen to a podcast for some work stuff. I enjoyed the podcast just about as much as watching paint dry, so I won’t make that mistake again! The run wasn’t much better.

At any rate, I finished in just under 42 minutes. I have no idea what my true pace was and quite frankly, didn’t much care because I’m faster on pavement than indoors (ironically). I then went on to complete a bit of TRX, yoga and left.

The bottom line: I wasn’t feeling training yesterday (if you hadn’t picked that up already). So I was pleased when it was over. I found myself questioning what the heck I was doing. I have so much to do, and I started feeling overwhelmed, like I shouldn’t be at the gym, I should be doing the other things that need to get done. But then I snapped back to the reality that being health IS a priority. Training IS a priority. And then, when I woke up this morning I ❤ to Run had this great infographic on their Facebook page and it reminded me to stop being so ungrateful. I’m lucky I can train (even if I hate it). I know there are others who would love to do the same. So thanks for giving me a good kick in the butt – I needed it.

Hope everyone is having a great week! And to those of you on the east coast freezing your arses off… just thank God that you only get winter for a few weeks. We’ve had it since September!

We’re going to enjoy this balmy weather and hit the pavement tonight – YAHOO!


6 thoughts on “Day 122: Does anyone actually enjoy the treadmill?

  1. I’m with you! Treadmills suck! Especially being stuck Inbetween 2 sweaty smelly guys!!! Ewww

  2. I don’t hate the treadmill. I much prefer it to running in -40 (with the windchill). I feel like a lump if I just sit and watch TV, but I don’t feel so bad if I’m running while I watch 🙂

  3. I agree whole heartedly re: the treadmill……..I always feel ever more so aware of the fact that I was lifting my mass with each step……And I think it is because it is a motion I associate with progress; moving from point a to point b. Whereas when I am on other cardio machines the desire to run off the front of the treadmill just for the sake of getting somewhere is not present because I do not as readily associate that movement with other activities in life. So, I think for me anyway, the treadmill is a huge exercise in frustration….. 🙂 🙂

    • I certainly don’t find it relaxing or a stress relief, which I ordinarily do with running. My feet always feel like cinder blocks; it takes every ounce of my being to lift them up – glad I’m not alone on this! 🙂

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