Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Date with the Treadmill

Let me preface this by saying that dates with boys are WAY more fun.

In an effort to get myself back to half marathon shape sooner rather than later, I needed to get an 8-miler in today. For some reason, I have been having zero success at getting myself to go do long runs on the weekends like I normally do... so they've been happening on Tuesdays instead.

I walked outside to test the weather. It's one thing when it's 34 degrees. It's another thing when it's 34 degrees and insanely windy and gloomy. I knew I'd be miserable if I ran it outside. Heck, I knew I'd be miserable if I ran it inside, but the treadmill was actually the lesser of the two evils to me today.

So I ran 8 miles on the treadmill at the gym.

I've found that it helps to time my treadmill running so that I can watch Ellen. I love how funny she is on her show, and she always has cool guests. It really helps me to not focus on counting the tenths of the miles when she's on.

Nonetheless, the hour and twenty minutes kind of dragged by... and I had several moments where I wanted to just not care and stop.

But I didn't. 8 miles = DONE.

It's interesting though... I always feel more worn out when I do runs on the treadmill, even though I usually run about the same pace as I do when I run outside. I suppose that in some ways it's just more mentally exhausting than running outside.

11 comments:

Niki said...

Great job!! I totally agree about being more exhausted after a treadmill run!

Kimberly300 said...

omg.. freakin HATE the treadmill! Good job girl, I could never have stayed on it that long

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Good for you! The furthest I've gone on a treadmill so far is 5 miles! Haha. I can't imagine doing over 6. An hour is more than long enough for me on that thing!

Jocelyn said...

Great job. Long runs on the treadmill are always tough and boring! Way to keep your focus and rock it!
And I agree...dates with boys are way more fun!

Mauri said...

DREADmill. i loathe the treadmill. good for you for getting those 8 miles in! c'mon warmer weather!!!

Rachel H. said...

Can't wait to get back to running...I need an outlet and a way to start getting back into things. I'm so anxious for that! :)

RunKathyRun said...

Yeah for getting the run in....sometimes it is hard to head out the door, but we never regret those workouts when we are finished.

Keri said...

Yay for eight on the treadmill! I drink more water on the treadmill than I do outside. I guess because it is warmer inside so I sweat more.

Nicole said...

way to go girl!! so proud of you!!

Jamie said...

The treadmill is so mind numbing. TV helps pass the time but sometimes that doesn't even work for me :) Nice work on the 8!

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