#1: I am actually enjoying running on the treadmill. I know, right? (Or as I heard a student say yesterday, “IKR!”) I am so happy the weather is getting warmer so I can run outside, but I really have enjoyed controlling my paces and watching mindless TV while I run. I think I zone out so much better when I’m on the treadmill. Outside, I get totally caught up in my thoughts, which isn’t always a good thing. Plus, I am finding the treadmill to be easier. But, I am seeing how much I need some hills in my life.
#2: I haven’t been hitting my training paces. So, one of the bad things about the treadmill is that I know exactly what I’m running. And lately, it hasn’t been the pace that I should be running. I know that I probably can physically, but mentally, I just haven’t had it in me. I’m working on it though.
#3: I actually don’t like racing. *gasp* I know. Part of it is again the mental thing, but sometimes I just don’t feel like it’s worth it to wake up early on the weekend to pretty much pay to run for 20 minutes. Half marathons are a little bit better, but the ones I run I usually have to go downtown just to pick up my packet. I love being able to test my ability, but I don’t know if the cost is always worth it.
#4: I really want a running buddy that will get up early to run with me. I am a very independent person so I’ve always enjoyed running alone. But lately, I’ve felt like I need the extra push from someone to run with. I won’t lie – I’m the most boring person to run with because I am terrible at holding a conversation (unless you’re my mom or my BFFs), but it would be nice to have someone to keep me accountable at 4 AM. I envy the other women at the gym at 4 AM who meet every morning. I would love to have that too!
#5: I don’t wear typical running clothes. I own dry fit shirts, running tights, and some specialized socks, but I typically run in cotton t-shirts and socks. And yes, I do chafe and get blisters, but only when I run more than 6 miles, which isn’t very often. I’m mostly just too cheap and lazy to buy good running clothes and wash something extra when I can just wear a t-shirt that I wore to work the day before. Saves time AND money! ;)