Tuesday night I attempted to run 5 miles on the treadmill but it was not to be. I was plagued with a headache, treadmills with 30 minute time limits, and a madness inducing rattle on a treadmill, and finally intestinal issues. I was able to deal with all of the issues except for the last. My 5 mile run was truncated to a 2.6 miles run coupled with a little bit of running to get home more quickly! In the brief time that I was running it was actually a good run! It felt great to be running and it felt great to not be freezing.
Last night I made a second attempt at a five mile run. I considered running outside but the 20 degree temperature and the darkness stole my motivation. Instead I packed up for the treadmill again. This time I had no issues. I selected a good treadmill from the start and my body cooperated with me. The run was great! I had lots of energy and I was into my music. I’m sure I looked silly mouthing some words and throwing in the more than occasional air-guitar but I really don’t care. When I’m into running and music nothing stops me from being a fool. I ran pretty fast especially for a treadmill run. I finished 5.1 miles in 42:55 which is about an 8:30 pace.
These runs taught me that I really like running in warm weather. Sometimes the weather can trump my desire for running on the road. The treadmill isn’t so bad. At least I’m warm!