Confession: I kind of like the treadmills in my new apartment building.
This is big for me, because I’ve been a card-carrying member of the “I HATE TREADMILLS” club for as long as I’ve been running. Treadmills are boring. They cause you to count every minute and every hundredth of a mile, willing the run to be over. They are pretty much swirling vortexes of fun-suck.
But I’ve run on these treadmills a handful of times, and I haven’t totally hated it. There are a few reasons why it’s bearable:
- The display only ticks off every 1/10th of a mile. I don’t know why, but this makes a big difference to me. I hate seeing that little red number constantly ticking on most treadmills, always moving and but never seeming to really increase. This one changes so infrequently that I can effectively ignore it. (This feature is less helpful for doing precise speedwork, but oh well.)
- The workout room is ice cold. It is wonderfully frigid in there. Every gym I’ve ever belonged to has set the thermostat at a temperature that’s apparently comfortable for walking slowly and reading Comso but miserable for doing a real workout. (I used to punish the Comso girls by running next to them and showering them with sweat. Hey, if you’re not going to work hard enough to perspire on your own, I’m happy to share some of mine with you!)
- Location, location, location. The workout room has huge windows and looks out over the pool and also the lobby area of the building. It’s highly entertaining to watch people coming and going. I was running in the morning once and saw a particularly amusing walk of shame. Good stuff for when the TV fails to capture my attention.
And it’s a good thing, because it’s still hot here. Maybe we can get some sub-90* weather by the time October rolls around? Please?
In completely unrelated news, we have a couch! And I’m happy to report that it is feline tested and approved:
We still need to acquire a small desk and hang a bunch of pictures, but dare I say we are almost settled in here?! Pics to come soon!
Today’s EAT: This was a random throw-together meal that actually came out really well! Date-stuffed chicken breasts and polenta:
In the chicken: chopped Medjool dates, sundried tomatoes and shredded parm. The polenta was simply pan-fried in a little butter. A delicious and flavorful meal!
And I picked up a little treat while I was out and about today:
Black and white and strawberry mojito (!) cupcakes from The Cupcake Shoppe!
The frosting on these was out of this world. Yum.
Today’s DRINK: Not every bottle of wine can be a winner.
I don’t even remember where I got this white wine, but it was pretty unimpressive. I didn’t even finish the glass that I poured to have with dinner (!)
Today’s RUN: I played a little game on my treadmill run today. Another thing I like about these treadmills is that it’s simple to set up a goal time. At the end of such time, the treadmill shuts off.
So today I set it for 38:00 and challenged myself to get five miles in. I started off a little on the slow side, but managed to make up the difference and ended right around 37:30! Not bad – 7:30 is a pretty good tempo pace for me. And the best part was that it didn’t feel that hard. Hooray for a confidence-building workout. I needed one!
Tomorrow morning is the dreaded 20. I keep telling myself: it’s just three hours, right?
Today’s QUESTION: What are your tips for treadmill running more palatable?