Those of you who have been following along will know I just don’t like running on a treadmill. Part of my joy of running is being outside. The wind, the sun, even the occasional rain drop. Just letting go of the rest of the world as my feet slap the pavement. A treadmill just doesn’t compare.
But I missed a lot of running last winter, so I decided I better suck it up and run on the thing. First I tried in front of the tv. That didn’t work. I barely made it ten minutes, and twenty was torture! What could I do if even having the tv to distract me was unbearable?
Then I had an epiphany. I decided to just get on it and run in the library, which is where it had been stored. Instead of setting a time, I decided to run for four songs. And I hid the console under a towel (useful for that sweat) so I couldn’t watch the minutes creep by.
And it worked! I ran for the four songs, which equaled just about 21 minutes, and walked out for one more. I ran like I do on the road, letting my mind wander. I worked on my form, keeping my core strong and light.
Still not as good as running outside, but definitely doable. I think I will be in much better shape this spring 🙂