thequestfor135

Treadmills

In Musings, Rants and Explanations on March 26, 2009 at 12:13 am

I run on treadmills. I work out at a nice gym at a large state university. We have lots of treadmills. I have never waited longer than 2 minutes for a treadmill, and I can count on my hand how many times I had to do that. Still, purists claim that I will lose pace come race day. Well, I won’t have a race if I don’t train at all.

I’m fat, I’m old, I just don’t like running outside. I don’t like running on tracks, I don’t like running on the street, I don’t like green eggs with my ham. I won’t run regularly enough if I do not train on treadmills. I am not ashamed. I do hear snickering when I tell people that I train on a treadmill. Oh well.

There are a number of reasons that I prefer the tread mill.

1. It is easy to keep track of my pace and distance.

2. It is more comfortable on my body over long periods of time.

3. I can watch tv while I run.

4. I am not alone when I run.

5. It gives me all kinds of numbers to constantly do math.

Let me try to explain these items. I like to do math while I run. I don’t know what other people do to keep themselves from going insane, but I do math. I was very surprised how emotionally challenging it was to run a half-marathon. The math helped me keep my focus and pulled me back in when my brain wanted to quit. While I am doing my math, I like the security of having other people around. I also race the person next to me. I don’t like to get off the treadmill before them or run slower than the people next to me. Last spring there was a girl that ran around the same time as me everyday, she kicked my ass. I couldn’t beat her. The tvs are nice for the times where I just can’t do any more math. It is the same function of the bands on the race course, or even the fans, a small distraction that is easy to leave behind. For one reason or another, my knees and hips prefer it if I train on a treadmill. No soreness means that I will run again soon. Finally, I love to make that machine go faster and watch the time numbers increase. It is gratifying. Instantly so.

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  1. Does the math include stats? LOL

  2. Not really. Simple math, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It’s pretty much an OCD thing. I have to constantly know my pace, how to get a time I want, etc. Multivariate analysis and linear regression are outside even my brain’s capabilities without a computer.

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