A choice between boring and freezing

Today’s run (treadmill): 3.2 miles
Yesterday’s workout (elliptical): 30 minutes
Last Sunday’s run (treadmill): 3.2 miles

It’s cold. The real feel in my town is -5° and it’s going down to -16 tonight. I’m doing my best to avoid the freezing weather. I haven’t been in a blogging mood so I didn’t post anything about last Sunday’s run. Here’s my writeup for 2/7:

I got on the treadmill and ran 3.2 miles and then stopped.

I worked from home on Friday. I would normally do a neighborhood run before beginning my workday, but due to our tight morning schedules, my wife and I had the same time window for our workouts. She doesn’t care for the elliptical and I don’t mind it, so we divided up the machines and exercised together. It was like having our own version of Equinox in the guest room. The only thing missing was the juice bar.

This morning it was even colder. The sidewalks are still covered in snow so there was no way I was going to run on the street. I liked the change of pace using the elliptical on Friday, but I really felt I needed to run today. The heat in the house was not energizing and I stalled as long as I could before facing the treadmill. I didn’t expect to enjoy the run.

And I didn’t. Treadmill running would be tolerable if there was a way to turn off  my brain or redirect it from a constant thought-stream that usually goes like this: “OMG is this boring…I can’t believe I’m still on the same minute…why do the news stations have so many commercials…” I find treadmill running very tedious without the sense of progress I get when running outdoors.

To distract myself and combat my treadmill frustration, I challenged myself and pushed my speed to the edge of tolerable. Actually, that was only true for the last half mile. Most of my run involved self pity. I ended up having a pretty good run which is different from have an enjoyable one.

The weather isn’t supposed to be much better tomorrow and we have a full day planned, I expect to be back on the treadmill in the morning. Yay.

4 thoughts on “A choice between boring and freezing

  1. You could start watching Breaking Bad while on the treadmill. I guarantee you will not be bored. You'll be hooked and will probably end up running a few ultras because you won't be able to stop. Or you could continue to be bored. I also did 6 tortuous miles yesterday on the treadmill. I watched a couple of Sex and the City reruns for distraction. So if meth production and peddling is not your thing, maybe fashion and the single life of fabulous women is more up your alley. At least you have options.


  2. I tried watching Breaking Bad once and the episode seemed to go on forever. That's surprising because I do love all things meth. I don't think I'm the right demo for Sex and the City. I watched it once and they hardly mentioned meth. I have trouble watching anything but news when I treadmill because the plot distracts me from feeling sorry for myself for having to run on the treadmill.


  3. I have rule with books. If I'm not into it after 30 pages I move on. My TV watching rule is different. It's based on the amount of meth-related content. Breaking Bad (too much), Sex in the City (too little). Also, I don't read books when I'm running on the treadmill.


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