To say the least, life has been crazy for me lately! Before I get started on telling you all about the running I've been up to, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate my sister and brother-in-law on the birth of their son, Graham. My wife and I made the trek up to Atlanta to be a part of this incredible experience. Although I wasn't actually there for the birth, I had the opportunity to witness how tough my sister truly was as she dealt with the labor pains. As I've been struggling to get motivated for a 35 minute run...that's nothing compared to her 34 hours in the hospital before giving birth!
Driving up to Atlanta, I gave a lot of thought to when and where I would try to get my workouts in. But once again, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry! Figuring that there would be a lot of down time as we waited to hear the news, I thought I would have plenty of time to run. When we got there, the plans quickly changed. I didn't want to be too far from the phone so I wasn't too thrilled about going for a run around the neighborhood. And then my decision was made clear once I realized that they had these really steep things called hills! Now I know that hills are a great workout tool but for a Florida boy who is new to running, these hills were just too intimidating! Besides, the steepest part of the course for my upcoming Run For Water would be a speed bump. So I jumped on the treadmill in my parent's basement for my running days. It didn't take long before I started to dread another step on the treadmill.
I hear all these great benefits about using a treadmill for a great run. But running in place can get so boring! Even though I've only been running for a little while now, I've found that the benefits of running outside and enjoying the surroundings are so much better. Treadmills are often promoted for their convenience. "You can watch tv or read a book while you run!" YEAH, RIGHT! I flipped on the tv and had to crank up the volume to a ridiculous level just to slightly hear it as the sound of the motor on the treadmill drowned out the tv volume. Then there's this idea that you can read on the treadmill. Not if you actually want to run. With every step I took, the pages of my book or magazine would bounce around and I would easily lose my place. The only thing really convenient about the treadmill was the ability to end the run with the push of a button. The demands of running can be strenuous and the temptation to call it quits by simply pushing the STOP button before you complete your goal can just as easily hinder your efforts.
After our visit to Atlanta, my wife tells me now that she wants a treadmill! I think I'm going to have to find ways to convince her to put off that purchase for awhile. I know the downstairs neighbors in our apartment complex would certainly appreciate it if we waited until we find a place on the ground floor!