Random Thoughts on the Treadmill

Took myself to the gym this morning to use the treadmill. I have a love/hate relationship with the thing. I definitely prefer running outside, but realize it’s a necessary evil at times. Next week I’m signed up for a 5 mile race. The last time I did that race, I ended up walking part of it, so I’m determined to run it all this time, even at a snail’s pace. I planned on four miles this morning, haven’t done that distance since April, 3.1/5Ks are more my thing. Despite the multiple tvs, my headphones and playlist, open windows and people watching, I get bored on the treadmill. These do have videos of trails you can watch while you run or walk and those are what keep me on for longer than ten seconds. The videos cover trails in the Western US State Parks, New Zealand and Germany. This morning I was thinking about a blog topic when the idea of things that go through my head while running might be fun. Or frightening. So, here we go …

(You never know which location you’ll be in first, I ended up in the US parks)

  • Geez! Drop me in on the side of a cliff! (the first time I landed on this trail with nothing but a long drop to my death on one side, I swear I grabbed for the side of the mountain)
  • Oh good, I love these trails, gonna do four miles – probably.
  • Why do I always run with my right index finger and thumb sticking out?
  • I need to visit these parks.
  • So, when I get home, I’m going to start boiling the water for my hard boiled eggs meal prep, put the bag of carrots in the microwave, run upstairs and shower, come back to the kitchen, put the eggs on, set my phone timer, and nuke my coffee.
  • Coffee.
  • Need to be ready to leave by 11:30ish (went to check out a shelter kitty in a foster home, decided to adopt her, she comes home Friday)
  • Why is the camera guy running so close to the brick wall? Move over idiot! You’re scraping my legs!
  • Approaching a tree in the middle of the path – I can’t remember if camera guy goes left or right, I swear he was going to kill us both.
  • I’m not checking my distance until at least ten songs play.
  • Three, three, three, three (kept chanting to keep track).
  • Don’t peek!
  • So, when I get home, I’m going to start boiling the water for my hard boiled eggs meal prep, put the bag of carrots in the microwave, run upstairs and shower, come back to the kitchen, put the eggs on, set my phone timer, and nuke my coffee.
  • Karen you need to stop over planning things. You said that already.
  • Why are there eighty bazillion steps up the side of this mountain? Thank God I’m not running them for real, I’d have tripped and rolled back down by now.
  • Four, four, four.
  • I’m not even sweating yet. Go me.
  • Get out of the way people in my video, can’t you see crazy camera guy coming at you?
  • I need coffee.
  • Next week I’m going to start out really slow and stay slow.
  • Is it five, or six? … Six, six, six.
  • I wish they’d have filmed in Yellowstone.
  • Move already! (they end a shot with a few seconds of a panoramic view).
  • In two, out two, in two, out two.
  • Did I really say four miles?
  • Why did I sign up for this race?
  • Remember to put the books in the car so you can go straight to the library after the kitty meet and greet.
  • Eight –  damn it – you can’t even hold out till ten and why is it only 2.2 miles???
  • Keep going, stop whining.
  • Why did you get on a treadmill so far away from the HGTV tv?
  • Coffee.
  • Sure, like adding 1/10 of a mile to your pace is going to move this along.
  • What does one wear to meet a cat?
  • Okay, if I was running on the beach for real, I’d run closer to the water.
  • Don’t peek!
  • Yay, finished the parks, now being rerouted to Germany.
  • Love these flat trails.
  • Hate these rocks.
  • My favorite part – running past the guy on the bicycle. It’s hard to laugh and pant at the same time.
  • Ooh, this part is nice, the gardens.
  • Look at all the people lounging in the garden chairs. Slackers!
  • Why is German camera guy choosing the paths with the puddles?
  • Okay fine, peek. 3.95 miles, almost done, but you know you should do five.
  • Fine, I’ll do five, but I won’t like it.
  • (Peeking) 4.02 … sigh … too soon
  • Too many people in this scene and they won’t get out of my way.
  • I still want coffee.
  • Perfect timing with this song (Whatever It Takes)
  • Why isn’t this over?
  • Almost – 4.95
  • COOL DOWN! Hit the button, COOL DOWN!

Good job … 

 

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