I have developed the most dysfunctional relationship with my treadmill! Part of the problem is that I’m running on “the replacement” treadmill. My beloved (yes, you’re allowed to love and become ridiculously attached to exercise machinery) original treadmill survived many years of reliable service. It helped me train for dozens of races including marathon and half-marathon distances, then it died.
runDisney Dreaming & Treadmill Woes
Sadly, the frame split. Raymond welded it back together (yes, my sweet husband has mad repair skills), and it finally split again – prompting Raymond to ask me, “Don’t you think it’s done enough and can be put out of its misery?” – and he was right. That bad boy was awesome, but the time had come to let it go and buy a new one. I’ve had the replacement since last December, but it’s still not as comfortable to me as the old one. I’m much slower on this one. It doesn’t have the same electronic display. Yes, I’m whiney, but I’m old and we “mature” people tend to be set in our ways.
So here’s where I’m at and where I need your help. I’m trying to lay down a base mileage of 25 miles per week so I can be ready for fall racing. I can run 1-2 days on the road, but the rest of my running has to be indoors. I’m looking for all your motivational tips, tricks and playlist suggestions – stuff I can implement to keep me on that stupid treadmill for 4-5 miles per day. I’m desperate because….
Next year’s runDisney races are calling my name! Princess Half Marathon registration was this week and I saw my friend and fellow blogger, Karen (check her blog out here), post on social media that she was in! This got me even more excited about my own plans for next year. Having run the Princess/Glass Slipper Challenge both this year and last, I’ve been wanting to try something new runDisney-wise. You may recall that my son, Joseph, helped me train for this year’s Glass Slipper Challenge and then stayed home to take care of Junior while I raced.
I owe him a runDisney experience after all of that love and support and I aim to make good in 2017 by registering us both for the Star Wars Dark Side Challenge!
So, with registration looming (I believe in early August) and proof-of-time races in the not too distant future, I’m psyched, yet challenged by my treadmill woes. Help! Any and all suggestions to get me through my indoor training are welcome.
Are you doing a runDisney event in 2017? Which one? How are you planning to do your training?