Tuesday, December 15, 2009

No televisions were used during this run

It's been more than a week since I laced up my running shoes.

And I could tell. I jumped on the treadmill for a much needed run tonight. The legs felt like lead and it was just hard to run at first. Eventually I got into a decent groove.

But there were other problems I had to deal with other than lead-like legs.

Normally when I use the treadmill, I can stare at the TV that's attached to it. Watch the pretty pictures. Sure, I could opt to hear the sound too, but I'd rather listen to my tunes. So I just watch the images, read the stuff that's scrolling across the bottom of the screen.

Tonight the TV was malfunctioning. No picture. No sound. Just a blank screen.

So I was left with my tunes (thankfully!), the blank screen and the treadmill display screen. And of course, even though I tried to cover it up with the towel, my eyes were glued to the display screen. I watched every second and hundredth of a mile tick by. And let me tell you, those numbers were not moving quickly tonight.

I almost called it quits after 3 miles. But I kept running and finished my 4.5 miles. Was glad when I got it done, because running on a treadmill to nowhere without the pretty pictures to look at? Painful.

10 comments:

Diana said...

I put on the hardest 4 miles ever on my treadmill last night. Staring at the outside christmas lights and people coming and going while hearing tunes was all I had. It is sooooooo boring-but when the temps hit "zero".....you have to make things work!
Damn this cold state!

Running Diva Mom said...

WOW -- running on the treadmill is hard. And without tv is even worse!!! I give you a lot of credit for continuing. Running is as much mental as it is physical.

Suzy said...

I know what you mean - no tv, no treadmill for me. Good for you to stick it out!

Lacey Nicole said...

i love having music to run to! i rarely run to TV unless i'm at a hotel or something. it would be interesting to run to a show i love watching tho, i'd prolly stay on there for the whole hour! lol.

Kristie Lynn said...

When I studied in Buenos Aires I had to use a treadmill (running through busy streets was def. not an option - especially with all the catcalls you would get just with walking) to train for a relay race. I ran 11 miles on it once, watching a TV but with no control over the channel + no sound/ipod/music. Those runs were tough, and I definitely prefer running outside, but it is good to know that I can do it if I ever have to :)

J said...

I love having a TV while on the treadmill because then I can read the captions and that really keeps me from looking at the mileage!

teacherwoman said...

Wow, that sounds painful. Especially if you started out with dead legs! eeks! Way to pump out 4.5 miles though. that's a couple miles longer than I would have lasted in those conditions. :)

Carolina John said...

football makes the treadmill runs tolerable. gotta have it.

Badgergirl said...

I agree CJ - football and basketball. That's what I prefer to watch. Or SportsCenter.

Christina said...

I'm impressed you can run that far on a treadmill. I get so bored after 5 min that I step off. I'm so fortunate that I can always run outside so although I can cut a run short, I can never just step off and stop a run. What you do, running on a treadmill, takes a lot more willpower.