The Dreadmill

I can’t take credit for the clever term “dreadmill”, but it rings so true that I can’t think of something better. This morning I was faced with a dilemma: run inside or run outside. Normally this never crosses my mind. Wake up, brush teeth, bundle up, run. No muss no fuss. But today, it was a “short” run, a “recovery” run…something I just wasn’t geared up for.  I stood by the window, peered out into the dark abyss of DC at 6am, and contemplated.  I know, not really a deep reflection of existentialism or the meaning of life, but only so many synapses are firing at that time of the morning.

Anyway, the “Inside” vote won primarily based on not wanting to layer up or go out in the cold.  I relished in the fact that I only needed a shirt and some shorts, and not two shirts, tights, shorts, gloves, and a hat.  I gleefully stepped out of my apartment, got in the elevator, and walked to the gym on the ground floor of my building, cozy the whole way.  Until…

…I realized I still had to run on the treadmill.  I was almost hopeful that all 3 machines would have been taken, taking the guilt off of me if I couldn’t run today.  As I peeked around the corner, the first treadmill in view was taken… #2: also taken.  And the third?? Available.  ::sigh:: Oh well, it’s what I came to do, so I shouldn’t be disappointed.

I hopped on, stuck it on 6.5mph, 1.0% incline, and just went.  Boredom set in quickly.  Time moves exceptionally slowly on a treadmill.  I think it’s the “watched pot” analogy, where staring at the timer counting up 4:12, 4:13, 4:14, 4:15… knowing that it’s going to take almost an hour.  Endless.  Well, eventually it ended, and it was fine.  Certainly not the end of the world like I built it up to be.  But not enjoyable either.

It certainly wasn't this treadmill!

Needless to say, I’ll remember this day before I hop back onto another treadmill!

The Details

Treadmill Recovery Run:

Distance: 6.05 miles
Time: 55:30
Pace: 9:10 min/mile
Average HR: 142 bpm
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