10 February 2011

The Almighty Treadmill

My treadmill.  And my running buddy- the Aflac Duck.
I know some people absolutely dread running on a treadmill.  For one, it is boring.  For two, it doesn't simulate outdoor running at all.  For three, it is boring.  But I guess I am one of those weird people who actually enjoy running on a treadmill.  It isn't my favorite thing to do, but I don't mind it either.  The longest I have ever ran on one is 12 miles.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I ran 12 miles on my treadmill last summer.  I was too tired to figure out a route and gear up with proper amounts of fuel and water so I just hopped on my treadmill, watched a movie and made it happen. 

I have now had my treadmill for one whole year.  I asked for it for Valentine's Day last year.  My poor husband has the weirdest wife in the world.  Who requests a treadmill for a gift on Valentine's day?  Me.  This year I am asking for new running shoes.  Who needs a box of chocolates?  Give me something to help me on my running journey and you have captured my heart forever.  For Christmas I asked for a Garmin Forerunner watch.  Maybe I have a problem.  Oh well, moving on...
My workout cave
Today I ran on my famous treadmill.  I am trying to come up with a good name for it.  Any suggestions?  It is in our tiny little fourth bedroom that is also a pantry, coat closet and storage room.  But I am always grateful for it because it allows me to run anytime.  NO EXCUSES!  I do not always have the luxury of just heading out the door and going for a run outside because of the kids.  But I can always hop on my trusty treadmill.  We have a very special bond.  Today for my entertainment I did half mile hill repeats and took some pictures of myself.  It was a 3 mile run so I did 1/2 mile flat, then 1/2 mile at a 5% incline...then repeated that for 3 miles at a 10:00 minute pace.  Here is my before and after shots.
Ready to run

The treadmill makes me sweat like nothing else can!
Yay for sweaty treadmill runs!  Time for a shower.


  1. I would of never been able to complete 12 miles on the treadmill!! You had a great workout this morning. Great pics!!

  2. Good for you. I had a treadmill for a while, and I just could not bring myself to enjoy it enough to keep it. Like you said, it is most defiantly boring, although I never tried the movie thing that may have worked. Anyway yet again I am impressed :)

  3. something about the treadmill makes me sweat profusely and I only walk at a fast pace, not even running. Round about the 10min mark it just rolls off me. And this is why I hate the treadmill. I walk like that outside and I don't look like I have some sort of glandular problem.

  4. Aww I like the Aflac ducky.. do you push the button when you get bored just to laugh?

    Sarah the same thing happens to me! I get so over heated and sweat more than doing anything else.

  5. AFLAC! Good Memories... Way to go, girl. Oh and, you look so HOT! :)