I travel a lot. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a professional speaker but it can definitely wreak havoc on my training – people who hire speakers are used to discussing things like transportation and honorarium but, it turns out, less used to discussing the availability of a pool and spin bike.
Last week I was traveling to lovely York College in Pennsylvania. By the time I arrived and got settled and ready for my interval run it was around 11pm. As I walked past a hotel employee in my running clothes she asked what I was doing and I explained that I was going out for a run. She freaked out and asked me to please use the treadmill in the fitness center. I agreed, but not without reservation.
The treadmill is a special kind of hell. As if running wasn’t mind numbingly boring enough, and as if it isn’t frustrating enough to run miles and miles just to end up where you started, the treadmill gives you the experience of not going anywhere at all, with a bonus physics-bending situation wherein it feels like you are working harder to get less distance.
But since I had plenty of time going nowhere (not particularly) fast, I decided to try to think of good things about the treadmill.
- I can run even when the sun is out and not get burnt to a crisp.
- I don’t have to hold my iphone and ipod so I’m not dropping my iphone and ipod
- I can easily indulge my obsession with checking pace and time since they are displayed in front of me instead of on an app on my phone.
- There is way less street harassment. While I get the usual “how much weight have you lost” bs comments, nobody has ever thrown eggs at me, screamed “FUCK YOU FAT BITCH” out of their car, or tried to pray my fat away when I was on the treadmill.
- There was a mirror in front of the treadmill and I was able to really focus on my stride.
- I can watch some seriously questionable television (Outrageous 911 I’m looking at you.)
There’s a famous quote by Teddy Roosevelt – Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. There’s plenty of travel in my future (next month alone I’ll be in Cleveland, Austin, and Las Vegas) so I think it’s best if the treadmill and I just make friends.
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