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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

2 Days on the Treadmill!

The Big Giraffe needed to leave for work early this morning. After dropping my older son (OS) off at preschool, my younger son (YS) and I headed out for the gym where I learned a most important lesson: people who workout later in the morning look put together. Seriously, in the wee hours, brushing your hair is an accomplishment. It remains an accomplishment for me later in the day, and I therefore looked like a deranged person as I ran into half the residents of my town.

Dishevelment aside, I was having a hard time at the gym because I decided to run on the treadmill. Running on the treadmill is my least favorite way to run. My preferred method is running outside, followed by running on a track. However, to be able to gauge my speed and heart rate, I periodically will run on the treadmill.

In an effort to keep myself from looking at the clock and mileage every two seconds, (while spending the intervening 1.999999 seconds wondering whether the clock is slow), I watched the Regis and Kelly show. Fittingly enough they had some lunatic runner who decided to attempt to break the world record for longest distance run on the treadmill in 48 hours. I was thinking, maybe 6. Yeah, try 240. Yes, you did read that right. He also decided he was going to start at a 7 or 8 minute mile just to ease into it. He's a fast runner, loves the treadmill, and has no body fat. I hate this guy This guy is very impressive. Of course he did answer the question I most wanted to know: what about bathroom breaks. Rest assured, he can take them. Apparently the clock still runs.

I listened keenly to the explanation of the rules for the record, because at first it sounded like I too had a shot at breaking the record. There is no reason why I couldn't hop on a treadmill, then relax with a book while sitting on the treadmill or even next to the treadmill for that matter while the clock ran for 48 hours!

A. Elliot's Lesson Learned: People who workout later in the morning look put together.

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posted by Alex Elliot @ 4:59 PM   6 comments
  • At 9/16/2008 10:24 PM, Blogger Heather said…

    I know what you mean. I can ride a bike a long time outside, but the stationary bike? Man it's like time stands still.

  • At 9/17/2008 2:13 PM, Blogger Jane - Mom Generations said…

    That is NUTS. I would be making those bathroom breaks would be like a few hours long if I were him! Just bring a few magazines with me... the time would pass like *that*! ;-)

    Treadmill running is my least favorite, too. I love running outside... but the treadmill is just awful. Sometimes you have to do it, though. At least you had Regis, Kelly and the psycho runner to keep you occupied!

  • At 9/17/2008 4:48 PM, Blogger Goofball said…

    oh do you always wonder about bathroom breaks too?

  • At 9/17/2008 5:53 PM, Blogger painted maypole said…

    i do the elliptical, and occasionally the time flies, but usually I check the time a LOT

  • At 9/17/2008 8:45 PM, Blogger Jen of A2eatwrite said…

    yeesh, I wouldn't look put together on a treadmill no matter what. You should see me doing my dance tapes, lol. At least I have fun. ;-)

  • At 9/19/2008 5:29 PM, Blogger skiplovey said…

    I'd love to run outside instead of the treadmill but then I'd have to get up really early instead of cruising over to the gym around 10 and dropping the kid off at the daycare room. so yeah I'm punished with the boredom because I'm so lazy. Eh what can you do?

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