Never again will I plan to run a half marathon in early Spring. What was I thinking??
It’s freezing cold outside so I have:
(1) no motivation to move
(2) no ability to train outdoors
While training for my first half marathon last year in the Fall, my life was filled with fun Saturday morning runs with my best friend through the quiet Georgetown streets. Little did I know that an early Spring half marathon means somehow trying to motivate myself to run on a treadmill for miles and miles and miles all alone in a cold air conditioned gym… seriously not the same!
Here was my thought process during my 5 mile run Monday in my apartment building’s gym:
Alright, Amanda! 5 miles on a Monday evening. You got this!
Oh boy, my legs are a bit tight from this weekend’s run…. but that’s ok! This will make them loosen up.
Oh no, is that my creepy neighbor? Don’t make eye contact! Don’t make eye contact!
Crap. I made eye contact…
Omg, how is that guy STILL talking on the phone? Hello, it’s rude to chat away on the phone at the gym. And clearly since you can carry on a conversation for so long while running you aren’t doing it right.
And oh wow! That guy also needs some deodorant! Peeee-uuuuuuwwwww!
Heck yes! It’s already been 1.51 miles! I’m over 30% there!
How has it only been 0.06 miles since I last looked at the distance?? I swear time is going backwards…
At least the Kardashians are on tv! Oh great, now it’s a commercial…
Oh look, someone is hovering by my machine… umm lady, I’ve been running for 20 minutes, I’m not done yet!
Maybe I will just run three miles today… my tummy is starting to hurt…
No, no, no! I have to do this!! 5 miles! Block out the pain.
OMG scary commercial! Scary commercial! EEK! Don’t look at the tv, don’t look at the tv! Andddd changing the channel.
Oh look! The little mermaid is on… do you think people will think I’m weird if I’m watching the Disney Channel? I don’t even care!
A WHOLE NEW WORLDDDDDDD! Crap… did I just actually sing that out loud??? Why is that girl staring at me?
Oh great…. it’s a commercial again.
Is that a pebble in my shoe? How have I been running so long and just now feel a pebble?
This is so annoying… ok Amanda, block the pebble out of your brain. Block it out!
Pebble? What pebble? Yes! Mind powers!
Oh look :) 5 miles are done!
If you’ve ever run on a treadmill for an extended period of time then you can probably relate to this stream-of-consciousness above (at least I hope you can or else you are probably thinking I’m pretty weird right now).
My half marathon is in 3 weeks… which means I have a number of these long runs ahead of me. Thank goodness I’m in Florida this weekend so at least I can enjoy running outdoors for a few days :)
Is it sad that on my vacation I’m looking forward to running? (Running followed by loads of wine that is!)