Today’s “run”

So, I got up late today and it was too hot to run outside by the time I was ready. So I suited up to run on the treadmill. I then spent half an hour perfecting the keyboard-laptop setup. It involves wood, duct tape and a piece of bamboo flooring. I got the TV set up with a nice ST:TNG episode AND got my iPod ready in case the TV wasn’t distracting enough. Bodhi followed me around as I made these preparations, panting and jumping on and off his ottoman.

I spent nearly an hour “geting ready” to run. Once I got on the treadmill, I started with a slow walk, the same way I do when I head out on the road. I usually walk about a half a mile before I start jogging, I find I get a better run that way. I walked and watched TNG, then switched to the iPod, then turned off the iPod, then stopped to get some water. After another minute I got down to get the fan. I paused again to get the dog a nice calf hoof to chew on, as he never stopped following and panting and running to the door throughout this process. He took the calf hoof and rushed off to his bed – content for a minute or two.

Just before I hit the half mile point, I noticed that I was having trouble breathing. That is not normal. My throat feels a little sore, too. I got down again to post on facebook the fact that I believe I may have a cold.

I got back on the treadmill for another few minutes, then got down again to get the laptop and actually get it set on the treadmill – so that I could write this post.

All set to run!

Is it just me, or is any one else beginning to suspect that I am not interested in running on the treadmill today? To tell the truth, I kind of hate running on the treadmill. I mean, I love to run (jog). It works like meditation for me, I forget about the flotsam and jetsam in my mind and sometimes come up with good ideas. I feel invigorated by the effort and usually feel proud of my progress as I go, not to mention how I feel when I’m done. I usually turn the music up except for the parts when I am in the woods – there I like to listen to what’s actually going on – wind, birds, critters in the underbrush. Sadly, none of those things are present in my living room.

I know that the treadmill is a good solution for days like today (another pause to take Bodhi outside – the church sign next door puts the temp at 92) and for when the winter gets harsh. It is. And I have a nice treadmill, one I bought less than a year ago. It’s fairly quiet and had a nice long running surface. But none of those things compare to a nice, long run outside, with the sun in your eyes and the wind on your skin.


2 responses to this post.

  1. […] is lovely, like today, I enjoy running outside far more than running on the treadmill. See my previous post for details on treadmill “running.” I run almost exclusively on sidewalks or the road, […]


  2. […] say I am a jogger. When I miss a run, however, like that day I tried to run on the treadmill (see it here) and couldn’t manage it, I forget all of that. I worry that I’m lazy, that I’m […]


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