Perspective is a funny thing, isn’t it?
As I ran errands in Chicago yesterday, I was reminded how just a small change in direction or viewpoint changes not just your view, but the world’s impact on you. In this situation, I was being pelted with a wintry mix with more than 20 mph winds, but with a small change in direction, light snowflakes just fell from the sky.
I went to bed on Saturday night having psyched myself up to run in the snow. When I got up, it was a little too warm to snow (around 35), and the wind was whipping around like crazy. I ran 14 miles in what turned into more than 5 inches of snow when training for my first marathon, but the idea of running 7 miles in cold, and super windy rain was more than my mind could handle.
On the other hand, I’d never run more than 5 or 6 miles on the treadmill. I get bored, even watching TV or movies. There’s just something so monotonous about it, it makes my mind start to freak out. But, I put on some new gear, brought my iPad to catch up on the last 2 weeks of The Biggest Loser (which I am only allowed to watch when I’m working out) and headed down. As I started to run, I could see the trees outside going nuts from the wind and I became even more focused on just getting in each step.
I happily chugged along, sticking to my planned pace for the first 5 miles, then speeding up for the last 2 because I was feeling so good. When I finished, I had 2 immediate thoughts:
1) I could have kept going, and
2) I did it!
I happily knew that if I have to, I can slog through more long runs on the ‘mill this training cycle. Thankfully, we aren’t looking at the snow the East Coast is getting pounded with this week, but it’s Chicago, at some point we’ll be well below zero or being pounded with snow again. My biggest concern: The Biggest Loser ends this week. What will I watch next?!
Are you a distance treadmill fan?
What’s your favorite workout show or movie?
What’s the snowfall total so far if you’re on the East Coast?