Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Me Against The Treadmill

Don't ask me why, but I'm just really not feeling the Biggest Loser this season. I know! Me! Of all people! Maybe I'm just bored that they're all lovey dovey contestants, even when they try not to be (Helen, I'm talking to you and your "game playing" speech). Maybe I think the challenges are dumb (balance yourself on this yoga block! keep your arms raised above your head for four hours!). Maybe I'm just busy with work and other things going on that I'm not into it. So the weekly Kiki Biggest Loser recaps are going on hiatus until something GOOD happens on that show. If not, I'll just be bored for the rest of the season.

Today was a running morning. I was supposed to get my butt out of bed and meet E at 6:45 to do our run and then go to a strength class. I don't know what's been up with me (stress? the weather? my allergies?) but when my alarm went off at 6AM, I shut it off. I then texted E at 6:30 to say that there was no way I was going to make our 6:45 meeting time. I ended up sleeping until 7:20 and then going to the gym. I've been experiencing motivational issues while running on the indoor track. I feel slow, I hate going around the turns, and it's just an overall bad experience. I had decided earlier to try the treadmill again, but KK's post yesterday made me definitely want to try it out.

I walked up to my chosen treadmill like a woman approaching an unbroken horse. I wanted to have the upperhand, but really, I knew that the treadmill was in control of the situation. I started off with my five minute warm up, then very cautiously nudged up the speed. My Ipod died (it might help if I charged it every once in a while) so I listened to the noise of my feet hitting the belt and the whistling tune that the machine was making. I ended up finding my own rhythm quickly, and increasing the speed again, outside my normal comfort zone. Overall, it was a GREAT experience. I completed my C25K run for the day and not ONCE did I feel like I was going to fly off the back of the machine. I've "broken" the treadmill!

I ended up leaving the gym with a big smile on my face. Not only did I feel accomplished in my run (which, for the past few weeks on the track, I haven't been feeling like a runner much at all) but I know that the treadmill is now something that I can use as a training tool instead of something that freaks me out.

10 comments:

carla said...

oh how I adore that final sentence. And think I will adopt it (steal it? tomato tomaaaato) with regards to running in GENERAL.

Cammy said...

Oooh, serendipity! I love when that happens, especially in the gym. :)

I'm not loving TBL either. These are the cryingest bunch of contestants.

Marcie said...

I've lost interest in the BL, too. I've had to DVR it the past few weeks and all I watch are the weigh-ins. I fast-forward through all of the other crap. I'm tired of all the crying, too. Wa, wa, waaaa!

Way to show that treadmill who's boss! lol.. =) I'm horrible when it comes to charging my iPod, too. Then I'm mad when it dies! Go figure.

Just_Kelly said...

Yay for you and still going to the gym and kicking the treadmills butt!

Got your e-mail. I'll be on tonight. Let's catch up via chat :-)

Angie Eats Peace said...

Yay! Good for you! The treadmill and I still have our differences.

RooBabs said...

Congrats on overcoming the treadmill!! Glad it was finally a good experience for you, and that it even left you smiling.

I don't feel like much of a runner these days, and I need some serious motivation help (part of that is because I haven't run in like 10 days, part of it is crappy winter weather).

Sorry Biggest Loser isn't doing it for you this season. I still love to watch it, but I have to wait until Wednesdays now, because the Hubs changed his game night. I think the challenges are pretty dumb, though (and recycled at that), but I'm amazed that they keep having immunity as the prize. I can't wait until they mix things up again.

KK @ Running Through Life said...

Yay! Yay! yay!!!

Wonderful! I am so glad you tackled the treadmill! Congrats to you on having a great run!

Kristina said...

I don't know if I already posted a comment, so if I did, please delete your least favorite one!

Grats on taming the treadmill beast!
You rock! YAY!!!!

Jason said...

Hey...it looks like Monday mornings are shaping up for a weekly dept. run...you in?

project55 said...

you're so right about this season. The challenges are lame and there's just no couple that I'm REALLY rooting for.

Although I still watch it in its entirety...because I'm just that addicted!

-CJ