Thursday, January 22, 2009

Beating boredom on the treadmill

What can keep me from complete and total brain death during a long run on the treadmill?

Burn Notice marathon on USA. Grabbing my water bottle and running shoes, and heading off to the YMCA.

Considering the public health hazards of the gym I've been learning from Charlotte's post today over at The Great Fitness Experiment, maybe I should take a bottle of lysol and a travel size bottle hand sanitizer, too.

Update: Somewhere between 6.5 and 7.5 miles. I'm guessing closer to 6.5, given the faulty math of the typical treadmill. Had to reset the computer on the treadmill, as it frowns upon workouts over 60 minutes. Total time - 1:12:35, due to having stepped on the treadmill 12 minutes before the top of the hour. Great run today, even if it was inside.


Slamdunk said...

Seventy-two minutes on a treadmill--that is impressive. During my week of treadmill runs I noticed that it was really tempting to be lazy with my upper body and not move as I would during a traditional jaunt. Do you have to focus more on your form when you run on the machine?

From your last comment on blisters--wow that is wild about the foot expansion during exercise. Maybe I have something similar that causes my foot issues. I'll have to pay more attention.

mappchik said...

You know, I didn't think at all about my upper body. My arms were moving while I ran, but I don't know if it was any more or less than when I'm outside. It was likely less movement than usual, given the ache left from the power yoga on Wednesday.

You ever see Mythbusters on Discovery Channel? There was an episode where they were testing alcohol/sobering up methods. The spectacular flailing fall (probably available online somewhere) of drunk Adam on the treadmill without side supports? The only form I focus on is not doing that. Especially not when the YMCA is busy.

As for the 72 minutes, that was all due to Bruce Campbell being on the TV in front of me.