Ken bought the treadmill. I didn't even want one.
I had just decided to call myself a runner. I was reading everything I could get my hands on and had convinced myself that real runners did their running outside. Only sissy-runner-girls spent time on the treadmill. After all, training on the treadmill only works if you're racing on the treadmill. pfft.
So, when Ken decided he wanted a treadmill, I said
"Fine, but I probably won't use it. I run outside."
This is easy to say in the summer and fall.
But, when winter arrives in my neck of the woods, it arrives with a vengeance.
Winter is long and cold. There are many articles written about cold weather running and the appropriate gear. All I can say is that these writers do not live where I live.
Or, they are way tougher than I am. I'm not sure.
When we got an ice storm and the roads were impassable, I ventured down to the basement and took my first spin on what I referred to as "the dread mill." I didn't care for it.
I viewed it as a necessary evil for a runner/mama living in the Northeast.
Then Ken abandoned his own relationship with the treadmill when he changed jobs and met new friends who liked to swim. They still like to swim- at the crack of dawn.
This left me home with two small children during my normal running time
and no grown-up to watch them.
Hello again, dread mill.
Over time, something happened. First I made peace with the treadmill. Then I fell in love with it.
I watched the morning news during my run.
Eventually I got an iPad and downloaded apps that allowed me to watch my favorite shows the day after they aired. I could go to bed early and get my sleep and then watch Grey's Anatomy during my morning run! What could be better?
(Tim Horton's delivering my carmel mocha latte to the treadmill!- too much to ask?)
When I started doing speed work, the treadmill was so helpful. I lack the internal GPS app in my brain, so I liked being able to program the bursts of speed that would challenge my slow-poke legs.
I still love running outside but I've decided that I'm ok with
not being hard-core enough to go out in a blizzard.
I'm not ok with skipping a run because of a blizzard.
Ken has been taking care of the maintenance on what has become MY treadmill and warning me that he'd tightened the belt as far as it will go. It's been on life support for a while now.
This weekend I tried to use it and realized that the time has come to let my treadmill go.
For now today I got sweaty with a Jillian Michaels DVD. Tomorrow I'll head outside for my run.
But the cold weather is coming- I'm definitely in the market for my next treadmill.
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