Tuesday, March 1, 2011

5 Boring Miles

I had 5 miles on the plan today and thought it would be no big deal after the 10 miler this weekend. I couldn't have been more wrong. I did them on the treadmill at the gym and was B-O-R-E-D out of my mind. Even with 4 tvs and 1 movie screen right in front of me and about 10 meat-head gym rats nearby, I was still bored.

I don't know what it is about running inside on a treadmill, but I always want to stop. I'm not hurt or tired, just bored. When I'm running outside, I never stop for walk breaks, but on the treadmill I can come up with a million excuses to walk.

I think my new plan is to get up and drive to the nearby metropark to run on their cleared path in the mornings before work. I don't get up early enough for it to still be dark out which is good. Plus, I only run two weekdays right now, so I don't think it will cramp my style too much.

I have to say that I feel great about my running and couldn't be happier that I'm now 'out' to the blogging world. It's such a rush of energy to get re-motivated about my training plan and upcoming races. When I was bored on the treadmill today, I wouldn't let myself get off so I wouldn't let down any of my blogging friends. So, thanks to all of you out there :) I appreciate you all!


  1. The treadmill is boring, there's just no way around that. Doesn't mean it's not useful - it is a great tool. But just like there are great books that are mind-numbingly dull, so too are there great workout tools that are boring.

    I will say that as I've been running longer distances I can get through 4-6 miles on the 'mill okay, much better than before.

  2. I could not agree more. I hate the dreadmill and certainly prefer to run outside. It has to get pretty bad outside not to run outside for me - this means heavy snow, ice, heavy rain. Great job getting it done.