My Friend the Treadmill

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Yep, you read that correctly, my friend the treadmill. After 2 months of not running due to a hamstring injury I have slowly started back to running. The key word here is SLOWLY. And for me, the only way I can do that is on the treadmill. When I began running about 1 1/2 years ago the only way I would do it was on the treadmill. Heaven forbid if I ran outside where "someone" might see me! *gasp* Then, once I figured out I really could do this, I took my first steps outside and fell in LOVE! Who cares if someone sees me, I'm in the great outdoors loving every minute of it. Treadmill, F-O-R-G-E-T it! blah. Then when I decided in May of this year, what the heck, I could train and run 10 miles for my birthday in November. What a great gift that would be to myself. So the training began with the run/walk method and it was working! I was getting stronger, could run farther and still love it. In October I hit the 8 mile mark and was on cloud nine I knew nothing could stop me from reaching my goal of 10 miles. Then BAM, my bad hamstring decided I was pushing it to hard to fast and I was out of the running business and in physical therapy. For 2 months no running and limited strength training with my legs. Ouch, that hurt me I think more mentally than it did physically! Then, once I got the ok to run again, the weather was cold, it was dark after work so that left the TREADMILL! What, how could I possibly get on that thing?!?!? Well, I did and you know what, it wasn't that bad at all. The main thing my friend is teaching me is to Go Slow! And you know what? That's ok! I'm back doing what I love and if it's going to be a slow road then so be it! This is a friend that tells me, hey, it's ok to slow me down, you are doing great. Nothing wrong with slow. And do you know what else? Hmmmm...........by my new friend slowing me down, I might just be able to go a little farther and a little longer and it will be pain free. So for me the days of the old Dreadmill are now the days of My Friend the Treadmill! One thing I have learned through this long process is that for me patients is the key, that is something new for me since I tend to just jump in and want it all right now! So, as I practice being patient my new friend and I are becoming besties! -Kim
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  • CDK210
    ha! i know many people don't care for the treadmill, but i use it 80% of the time. if my options are to chicken out b/c it's cold outside or just jump on a treadmill, i'm glad to have the treadmill as an option!

    great job! slow and steady wins the race :)
    2277 days ago
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