September 28, 2015
I’ve written before about my awesome new treadmill, and I am so glad I have it. It opens up the possibility for me to run in any weather, but more importantly, it allows me to run even if I’m solely responsible for the care of my son (ie when Hubby is at school, attending a meeting, or otherwise occupied).
I have discovered one small problem with running on the treadmill. I have no motivation. Seriously, it is really bad. I never realized how much I tell myself, “Just run around the next bend,” or “Just keep jogging to the top of the hill.” That is then followed by, “Well, now the hard part is done and you might as well jog down the other side; don’t waste the easy part!” None of these thoughts work when running on a treadmill. So far I’ve tried, “Just jog until the end of this song,” “Just keep going until you complete that little blinky, circle, oval, track-thing on the screen,” and “Just keep jogging, jogging, jogging.” None of them have worked. I can usually make it through my first interval of 5 or 6 minutes, but that second interval is disastrous every time.
I’m not sure what to do about it, or how to get past it. I’m also trying to decide if I should work through it now or run outside while I can and deal with the treadmill later – potentially during the workouts directly before my next race. Since that is exactly when I DON’T need to feel like a failure, I’m kind of thinking I want to work it out now.
Tomorrow night, I’m scheduled to do a 10 min jog, 2 min walk, and 8 minute jog. I think I’m going to do the 10 minutes jog on the treadmill then hit the road – unless it’s pouring down rain (as predicted by our rarely accurate weather forecast).
Does anyone else have these motivation issues when using a treadmill? How do you get past it?