It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.
I’ve written before about how I am not a big fan of running on a treadmill. For me the issue is that I don’t find it stimulating and find it harder to stay motivated. Every year, due to the weather, I find myself heading for a treadmill in order to get in a run.
With the temperature dipping below -20 and getting close to -30 with the windchill I will probably get in a couple of treadmill runs. Tonight was my first treadmill run of the year. I managed to complete 8 km (5 miles) at a fairly easy pace.
As I mentioned I find it harder to stay motivated when I run on a treadmill. I need something to keep me distracted otherwise my eyes drift to the display screen on the treadmill so I can figure out how much time I have left.
Fortunately tonight there were a couple of hockey games on tv to keep me busy. The end of the NHL lockout helped me tonight. With the temperature not expected to get much warmer before Friday I may find myself heading for another treadmill run before the end of the week. If I do I will have to make sure and time it while hockey is on tv again!
Like many runners I don’t enjoy running on a treadmill. I generally only do so when it is really my only option like when the sidewalks are icy or it is too cold to run outside. Fortunately when I do need to resort to running on a treadmill I have easy access to one at my in-laws.
Tonight was one of those nights where I had to go for a run on the treadmill. We have been hit with a bit of a cold snap the past couple of days. With the temperature sitting at -28 C with the windchill, or -18 F, when I left for work this morning I already figured it was going to be one of those days where the treadmill is the best option.
The temperature did warm up by a few degrees later this afternoon and I considered going for my usual run home from work but since I had a lot of stuff to cart home with me and I did not feel like having to go back to the office for it later I headed for the treadmill.
When I do run on a treadmill I find that I need a distraction to take my mind off the fact that I am just running on a treadmill. Otherwise I spend my time looking at the display on the treadmill to count down how much farther I have left before I can shut it down. A hockey game or a ball game is usually good for that. Tonight my distraction was a snowboarding movie, The Art of Flight. Here is a sample…
This seemed to do the trick for me tonight as I completed 8 km, or 5 miles, in just under 40 minutes.
Do you enjoy running on a treadmill or do you try to avoid it?