i remember the day i learned what fickle meant. really i do. i remember the analogy that the teacher used in order to drive the point home. apparently it worked. today as i plodded along on the dreadmill i started to grumble. i have been having a few consecutive days of either putting off running or not running altogether. now i have never ever been a treadmill fan. however, it was just a short couple of weeks ago that i could not run at all. no treadmill, no highway, no track-nothing. when the doc cleared me i knew there would be several weeks of me hitting the hamster wheel.
i was excited. yes, you read that right. there are several benefits for me, coming off injury, to running on the treadmill. it has more “give” to it than pavement. i don’t like running on gravel, and i love running on the highway. the treadmill does a lot of work for you. it helps propel you along and when starting out/over that helps a bunch. for me there is a safety in knowing if something tweaks or feels funny, i can just go upstairs and stretch more. if i am on the road, i tend to push a little too much and don’t wanna be seen on the side of the road stretching-yeah i am a little weird. i always tried to give myself a prize when forced to run indoors-iPod! heck ya. i love music. all kinds-seriously. i don’t run on the road with one because i don’t want to get flattened out, safety first. so on the treadmill i can crank it up and just mindlessly plod along. for some reason though….i still hate it. i had to remind myself not to be so fickle. ” just be happy you can run you big dork!” i told myself this more than once. it actually worked the first couple of times. then boredom set in even more. i am not trying to whine or complain, but for those of you who run outside you know what i am talking about. right? auto pilot is nice, but there is nothing like being on the road enjoying the fresh air (even with the occasional roadkill blob). my big bonus is i get to run with my dog. maggie love love loves it!
i have a few more weeks of indoor running to go. i know, i can feel it. i haven’t been given a definite amount of miles to run before going outside, but i think i will just “know”. i think i will be able to feel it and i hope i don’t rush it. i do not want to be injured again, so i have to play this smart. which sounds easy, but when i only get to really feeling good after 3-4 miles, it is tough. i can only run 3-4 miles right now. it is hard not to just keep going, but i know what the price for such foolishness would be. so i will try not to be so fickle and i will be happy with whatever stage i am in. that feeling will come and go, yes, but i am resolved to keep myself in check. also, i thought these were cute. man we have come a long way baby! enjoy:
The “Evil” Treadmill (cusseswhilerunning.com)
Let’s maybe not be so harsh on the treadmill, ok?(autopilotlegs.com)