Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My Love/Hate Relationship...

... with my treadmill.

Our relationship started off like most relationships do. I was quickly falling in love and couldn't wait for us to spend time together. I smiled like an idiot every time we were in the same room. For the first several months everything was perfect. Then summer came. I started spending more and more time outside... with trails. It wasn't long before I was always outside, running around. I couldn't help it, I just felt so much more alive, happy, free when I was running on a trail. I felt like the treadmill was holding me back.

I've tried for the last several months to make a clean break. I ignored it's calls. I totally gave it the blow off. Whenever we are in the same room together, I make a point to never look it's way. I even pretend that I'm having a great time and getting by fabulously without it. This has worked quite well. I pay no attention to it's sulking presence.

Then Sunday happened. I dressed for what was promising to be a very very cold run. When I went outside, everything was covered in ice, except oddly enough, my driveway. I scraped the ice off my car and started it to help move the process along. Finally, I headed off to meet some friends for a run. Low and behold, when we arrived we found the paved trail was completely iced as well. Ugh...

I knew I had to run. That build up of anxiety from not running enough, yeah, that's what I had. I needed to run. So, I headed home... to my treadmill.

First, I was angry at it. I was angry that I had to run on my treadmill which I now find to be so boring. Once I started running, I started to realize how much I needed that run. I also realized that no matter how much time we spent apart, my treadmill was ready and waiting to take me back.

Yesterday, I was supposed to meet my friend, Heidi, for a run. When I got up and saw that it was 14 degrees, I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I sent Heidi a text to let her know and then, once again, I got on the treadmill.

It was a tough run. We still haven't made a complete reconciliation. I don't think we can ever go back to those first months of blissful love but there's a lot to be said for dependable. Even thought it's starting too look a little smug.

If you saw the FB post about our awesome friend who ran in 14 degrees and ended up with frozen eyebrows and eyelashes, that was the same Heidi. I don't think she has a treadmill. She certainly has determination though and more will power than me since I totally wussed out.

Peace, Love, Happiness!

Are you in my boat when it comes to the treadmill? 
What do you do to make the treadmill run less boring?


  1. Me too! I did an interval workout on my mill yesterday which was actually fun. I wanted to run outside today but our roads are covered in ice too, so looks like I have a date with the ole mill again. I'll be watching Once Upon A Time on Netflix :)

  2. Enjoy your run! I love Once Upon A Time! :)