“There is no failure in running, or in life, as long as you keep moving.” Amby Burfoot, Runners World Editor at Large
Today was an 8km run on the treadmill and I hated pretty-well every minute. The gym was busy and loud; lots of people everywhere! I hopped on the machine and got going. I even brought out my new running playlist – which is pretty awesome and full of old music like “it’s getting hot in here,” circa 2002. AMAZING.
At any rate, no matter how sweet my music was, I just didn’t enjoy the run – it was boring. There was absolutely nothing to look at. I mean, there were TVs on each treadmill but I can’t for the life of me figure out how the volume works, so until I become proficient at lip-reading, watching TV is out. Also, my TV decided to quit – so after I spent half the run trying to find a channel with subtitles (CPAC) it cut-out. THAT’S HOW BORED I WAS, I WAS WATCHING CPAC FOR GOODNESS SAKES! I was also having a “fat” day – which, I am proud to say, have been very few and far between for a long time. But today was one of them. I kept thinking of this picture of the little girl running on the machine. And how I think I look, but how I actually look is quite different. It made me laugh at least!
So when my first thirty minutes were up I had to hop off the machine, dash to the board and sign-up again (oh yes people, I’m that asshole). The old guy to my right rolled his eyes. Ordinarily, I would have felt badly for abusing the time limit, but there were several other free treadmills. So I wasn’t too worried. I spent just under an hour running and sweating and hating every minute and reminding myself what a privilege it is to run. I swear, that is the only thing that kept me going. Thinking that even though I hated it so much in that moment, I remembered how badly I wanted to run last week and I couldn’t because I was so sick.
I finished. It wasn’t my best time. In fact, I was so hyper to get off of the machine I didn’t even take a picture I just bolted. It was just under an hour though, that much I do know. All I cared about was the fact that it was done and that the rest of this week is supposed to be sunny + warm, so the sidewalks should clear up.
That’s it from here – hope everyone out there is happy and healthy!