|Me at the finish line to the El Paso Half-Marathon this past Sunday. My official time was 3:12:07.99, which is 19 min and 17 seconds slower than last year. My shirt says, "Forget the glass slipper. This princess wears running shoes."|
- Find sports bra
- Put on running clothes
- Tape feet
- Put on shoes
- Find some sort of light to run by
- Think of route that would be safe at this time of night
- Remember house key...
I even thought that Ginger might be egging me on, because she kept getting in my face like she was expecting me to play with her--I obviously wasn't asleep. After standing in the middle of my room for about 5 minutes of indecision, I crawled back into bed, mainly because I don't have a light that I could run by. At that moment, I realized that treadmills have a valid place in the grand scheme of things--had I had a treadmill, I seriously would have run for a few miles.
I have to admit, though, that I have a hate-hate relationship with treadmills. I can run around a track with impunity, and run on a road/local running trail for hours. And this is in spite of the fact that I often will go out and back several times to get the mileage that I need. But, put me on a treadmill, and all of a sudden, I feel like this:
|Treadmills seem to have copied the same concept for human consumption...|
Or maybe like this:
Look at 1:37 of this clip to understand... (on a side note, I really like this movie, especially the Georgio Moroder version which was set to classic rock).
I can run 5-6 miles easy when I am running on the road, but when I step on a treadmill, I end up struggling to finish just one mile! On top of that, treadmills act like clothes hangers for me--they accumulate clean clothing on their arms and other horizontal spaces, and eventually, they look something like this:
|Yes, I owned a treadmill once. I decided that more hangers used up less space.|
So, I'm probably not going to run out and buy a treadmill any time soon. However, I am planning on buying a head lamp with my next paycheck on the off chance that I get the notion to go running at 11 pm some other night. Come to think of it, I may just create a bundle of running clothes in one of my drawers so that it is easy to find everything on another night of chronic insomnia. I need to try it at least once, just to see if it will really help me sleep!