My friend Amy sometimes refers to the treadmill as the "Dreadmill", although she was chastised for doing so I think it is hilarious and accurately captures my general feeling about running on the treadmill. Last night the weatherman had me convinced that it was going to be cold and rainy today so I planned to run on the treadmill and therefore packed accordingly. Of course I was upset when I realized that it was going to be neither cold nor rainy. Curse you inaccurate weather forecast!!!
I went to the gym and prepared to run on the treadmill and you know what? It actually wasn't that bad! First of all, the treadmills they have at The Club are great. They are very high tech and even have fans that you can turn on to help cool you off while you run. It would be nice if they were adjustable fans since they are clearly designed for someone much taller than me resulting in the majority of the air to blow over my head. I'm not complaining too much though because it was definitely better than no air at all. They also had this cool display that showed you running along a track. Well it was actually just a circle of lights that lit up as you ran along but it was fun to watch (clearly I'm easily amused). Plus it showed you how many laps you had run. I ran 16 laps which is 4 miles. I did somewhat struggle towards the end, I was running a 10 min/mile pace which isn't fast but it is faster than I have been running lately. One of my training goals this year is to increase my speed so I need to get to where I can do 10 min/miles easily instead of wanting to quit around mile 2.5.
It also helped that I put together a great playlist on my ipod before I went. Great music always makes a run on the treadmill go by faster. I'm still working on my "perfect" workout playlist. I'll let you know when I figure it out.