Rain was supposedly on its way today (and has still yet to arrive) so I decided to do my run on the treadmill. Not that I am afraid of rain, people! In fact, I love running in the rain. It’s refreshing and fun. I come from Chicago. I have endured it all and have tough skin because of it. I just wasn’t feeling it today and I wanted to enjoy some TV while I logged my miles. Yes, the girl without a TV wanted to watch TV. I am human.
I didn’t have a super long run on the agenda because Chicago Marathon training doesn’t start until June. This is the first time in awhile that I am not training for anything. It feels strange but I think I will begin to enjoy the no-pressure runs. Did I mention I am not running Skyline to Sea? I start my new job the Monday before the race and can’t ask for time off. Don’t worry, I was looking for an excuse to get out of it and BINGO!
The pretty kitty that lives outside of the fitness center.
We thought about taking her home with us but clearly she is loved. She is fed daily and has a Kitty Condo to stay in with a plush blanket and ocean views. I think she's living the life.
So, back to my treadmill run. The ten miles came and went without much boredom. I found it bizarre because I am always bored. My attention span is that of a fly so how did I manage to stay put for almost 90 minutes? And better yet, how did I stay on the elliptical yesterday for 90 minutes? Hmm.
Here are a few things I took away from my indoor weekend workouts .
3 ways to Make a Treadmill Run Fun
(for me, anyhow)
(for me, anyhow)
- Listen to obnoxious dance music. You know, the kind that makes you gyrate uncontrollably. When you hear it at a nightclub you instinctively climb into one of those cages and whip your hair back and forth. Okay, maybe that's just me. I mentally transport myself to a dance floor somewhere and imagine a cocktail in my hand instead of a water bottle. It’s fun; trust me. You just have to find that perfect music.
- Watch Women’s Sports. I hate sports but I find inspiration watching strong women dominate on the tennis court. Knowing how hard they work (and how great their bodies look) encourages me to keep going and to push harder.
- Mix it up. Change the incline and your pace throughout your workout. It keeps you engaged and breaks up the distance. I could never last more than a few miles at the same pace. Total snooze fest. I would much rather throw in a few faster minutes and hills and maintain a relatively “easy” pace the remainder of the time – this goes for long(er) runs.
If I had a dollar for every time I wound up with a bloody sock...
Besides my weekend gym sessions, I had a pretty low-key weekend. I took our poor kitty, Friday, to the vet and 4 hours and $400 later we discovered she has Urinary Tract Disease. I went home with a bag of meds and special food. She’s even on a kitty version of Prozac. I think it’s time to switch vets – this guy talks to me like I am a stupid woman that needs pictures to understand anything.
Waiting for the Doc like a good girl
On top of Frida’s health issues, Ang has come down with a bug of her own. She must really love me because she was willing to sit in a noisy bar for 3 ½ hours with me and our friend Sarah. She downed 2 beers and some delicious vegan fare all the while a fever was coming on and her ears and throat were killing her. Ang is the definition of a trooper.
Even sick, she's beautiful.
To make it up to her, I ran to the grocery store 7 minutes before it closed to get her soy ice-cream and carob chips to soothe her sore throat. I also took over cleaning and laundry duties today and if you know me, you know I’d rather hire someone than do it myself.
Here comes the rain straight from L.A. where all the marathoners had unusually crappy conditions. Congratulations to all of the finishers!