I see why it's called the dreadmill.

The outside run I did last week made me realize that I miss running! Streets and sidewalks are too icy and snow packed to do much outside (not to mention the cold!).
So tonight I went to my parents’ house and ran on their treadmill. I was okay for about 15 minutes, then it just seemed so boring!

How do people just run on treadmills only? Even with a TV on it was boring. I guess I am just used to actually going somewhere while running, and not being like a mouse on a wheel.

So this week I am doing a scary thing – taking a week off of strength training. The books I read suggest doing this every few months to prevent over training. This week I decided to rest those muscles. How ironic when most people are just joining gyms and working out and I take a week off LOL!

Still doing cardio, though. Going to New Orleans on Friday, and my sister and I are actually packing clothes to run in. I can’t believe it! I would never have dreamed of going running on a vacation before. Gotta burn off those beignets somehow.

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12 thoughts on “I see why it's called the dreadmill.

  1. Skye's the Limit

    Lori, I’m not sure where you girls are staying, but the Riverfront is a beautiful place to run. It’s paved with bricks and I’ve seen runners there before. It has the Mississippi River on one side and a nice green park on the other. It runs parallel with the French Quarter. I’ve always dreamed of running there. Have fun and be safe!

  2. Skye's the Limit

    Lori, I’m not sure where you girls are staying, but the Riverfront is a beautiful place to run. It’s paved with bricks and I’ve seen runners there before. It has the Mississippi River on one side and a nice green park on the other. It runs parallel with the French Quarter. I’ve always dreamed of running there. Have fun and be safe!

  3. Bren

    Monday was hard for me too…. I blogged about it if you want to stop by and take a look.

    WELL – KEEP ON MOVING!! This is our year to get that unwanted weight off. Don’t give up! Enjoy your run in New Orleans.

    Happy New Year!

  4. kilax

    The treadmill bores me to death too! I wish I lived somewhere just a bit warmer so I could run outside more during the winter.

  5. choosinglosing

    That’ll be so muc fun getting to run in New Orleans! You might want to use mapmyrun.com to find cool running paths in the city.

  6. biz319

    I definitely need a tv on – and I also do sprints/hills so that I am always changing – I’ll see if I can find my 35 minute run/walk for you. I think its on my computer at work.

  7. Ron

    Hey Lori,
    I used to do my walks outside until my knees hurt so bad I couldn’t hardly walk… then started on the treadmill and have no problem, I usually have an MP3 player with headphones in my ears listening to some very upbeat music. It seems to help my hour go by.

  8. Diana

    I hear you – it really is a dreadmill. Like Ron, outside running really hurt my knees.

    On the “dreadmill” I manage to keep myself entertained with my iPod and really good music. I download new songs every couple of weeks and make a new playlist. Fast hip hop or top pop stuff keeps me running fast.

    Amazing stats! I need to lose 104 pounds so you’re definitely an inspiration!

  9. debbyweighsin

    Hmmm. I’m curious as to why running on a treadmill doesn’t hurt your knees? Anyways, I don’t have a treadmill, live in the country in California–we really have very few days when you can’t go outside…now, when it is 40 degrees, and I want to whine ‘its too cold’ I think of some of my northern and eastern friends, and just put a jacket on and head out the door!

    But the last few times I have stayed at hotels, I have enjoyed using the treadmill. I have to admit, I would want to quit, but usually there was one other person in there that made me too embarrassed to quit.

  10. Lori

    Debby – I really don’t know why running doesn’t hurt my knees. I think it might be either my shoes or maybe my stride. I try not to bounce too much, but more ‘glide’ when I run.

  11. ptg

    I’m jealous of your trip to NO and the ability to run there!

    I also hate the treadmill…no matter what, I just can’t get into “my groove” when on there. One of the gyms I go to (that sounds so exotic, but in reality, they have multiple locations and I just happen to visit two of them!) has an indoor track that I’d rather run on. Yes, I’m running in circles, but I can get my groove there and on the treadmill I just can’t, no matter the amount of distraction I have (TV, Ipod, etc).

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